Re: Belt Jct. -- Hodge
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The maps that Gerald sent clearly show the three wyes, New Hodge, An engine turn wye near that north end at the FWDC line and lastly at the Transcontinental cut off. On the FWNB Ashburn map I have that structure shows on a summary map but not the full page map which shows a single south bound leg at the cut off. No date on the map but I got it at the bank in 82-86. A Rand McNally map book I have copyright 1999 shows a wye at Hodge station with a structure within the infield of the wye, no turning wye, and that southern connection is shown but no longer is the rest of the wye north. When the CWR was installed by UP it may have been eliminated but I don't know for sure.
This map also shows a connection to the southern most track that runs parallel to business 287 that cuts through Trail Drivers Park a half a mile or so south of 28th Street in the stockyards but I do not recall seeing this.
In my first job when I finished graduate school I used to be sent to out of the way places and I surmised that for copyright purposes commercial map makers added little things so they could protect their copyright. On one job I had to find a USGS map to locate my subject. The copyright map had the town on the wrong side of the mountains and it was unfriendly area. The term Transcontinental cut off may be such a device for Ashburn. Really nothing extraordinary for a general purpose map that I see worth the type setting.
I need to check a USGS map.
From: Jim King <jgking@...>
To: Dennis Hogan <denmeg_hogan@...>; RS-TALON@groups.io <RS-TALON@groups.io>
Sent: Mon, May 25, 2020 09:48 PM
Subject: Re: [Railspot] Belt Jct. -- Hodge
Zlatkovich’s book lists 1882 as the date that the Ft. Worth and Denver City built between “Hodge Junction” and Wichita Falls (110.3 miles). Presumably this “Hodge” was the “old Hodge” – the one that shows up on the 1920 Niles City map and the 1889 Tarrant County map, and is listed in the T&P 1925 station list – not the “new Hodge” in the 1954 SSW timetable. Zlatkovich also says it wasn’t until 1890 that the FW&DC built a 5.66-mile segment from Hodge to Ft. Worth. What do we make of this info?
I presume that the FW&DC started (building north from Ft. Worth) at “old Hodge”, rather than downtown, and negotiated to use the T&P/ Joint Track (which had reached Ft. Worth in 1880) to enter downtown. The Cotton Belt line into Ft. Worth was built in 1888, and would have crossed the FW&DC at “new Hodge”. In 1890, the FW&DC built their own track from “new Hodge” to downtown via the North Ft. Worth junction that became Tower 60, paralleling (and remaining on the north side of ) the Cotton Belt. Did they retain the connecting track between “new Hodge” and “old Hodge” at that time? When did FW&DC remove this track (and with it, the Cotton Belt crossing at “new Hodge”?)
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Let me throw in some more information that might clarify or muddle this whole quest.