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Re: Brady Junction

Dennis Hogan
 

A clue here in this TSHA article: 1.5 miles from Harrisburg
https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/eqg09


Brady Junction

Jim King
 

An 1898 edition of Railway Age gives “Brady Junction” as the endpoint of the Galveston, La Porte and Houston RR. Does anyone have any “objective evidence” of precisely where Brady Junction was located? A map or a pre-1910 timetable (likely SP) would be ideal. The only location with “Brady” in the name that shows up in the USGS Domestic Names database is nearby Brady Island, but that’s not Brady Junction.

 

--jk

 

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Re: Gulf Texas & Western--what might have been

texaszephyr
 

Note that the map shows the line completed between Seymour and Benjamin when in fact it never got past Seymour.

TZ


On Aug 9, 2020, at 8:02 AM, Dennis Hogan <denmeg_hogan@...> wrote:

The GT&W had great aspirations to extend its reach--even to Lubbock, Ft. Worth, and Dallas.
Passenger service did reach Mineral Wells by trackage rights over the WMW&NW.


Re: Black Gold, Texas Tea

Gerald Hook
 

Judging from the Dallas and Fort Worth arrival and departure times, I’m thinking the southbound train split into two sections and was reassembled into one northward train in Irving.  Otherwise, the southbound train into Dallas would have to be turned 180° to go to Ft Worth, and vice versa.  Can anyone confirm?

 

Gerald Hook – Russellville, AR

 

From: RS-TALON@groups.io [mailto:RS-TALON@groups.io] On Behalf Of Dennis Hogan
Sent: Sunday, August 9, 2020 7:59 AM
To: RS-TALON@groups.io
Subject: [Railspot] Black Gold, Texas Tea

 

A 1945 ad for a train that eventually would be the last Frisco passenger service in Texas.
It lasted until 1960.


Gulf Texas & Western--what might have been

Dennis Hogan
 

The GT&W had great aspirations to extend its reach--even to Lubbock, Ft. Worth, and Dallas.
Passenger service did reach Mineral Wells by trackage rights over the WMW&NW.


Black Gold, Texas Tea

Dennis Hogan
 
Edited

A 1945 ad for a train that eventually would be the last Frisco passenger service in Texas.
It lasted until 1960.
How about a Mike Condren photo to go with this ad?
https://condrenrails.com/Tulsa-Railroad-Pages/Passenger-Trains/Frisco-Passenger-Trains.html


photos of train on since-closed L&D Abbeville Branch - 8 August 2019

James Robichaux
 

I am cranking through my many pictures that I took of action on the former SP Midland Branch that has, since about 1990, gone only to Abbeville, Louisiana.  With the closure of the rice mill at the end of the line in Abbeville earlier this year, which I had a feeling would happen, which was part of why I devoted so much time and attention to it over the last year, all but the first few miles of the branch have effectively (though, as far as I know, not (yet) officially) been shut down.

This is a time-consuming process, and, of course, I could not do it in real time.  So, given the pace of things,  the next best thing, I figured, was to work to crank them out to be published a year later, which is now and for the next eight or nine months.

So, bear with me, please, as I post this stuff over the next eight or nine months, but know that it's of a line that is now shut down and may not ever see a train again!  It's of a branchline that was still dominated by railroad-owned hopper cars in 2020, and that's a big part of why I liked it so much.

Anyway, here is another large set of images from a train on the branch, this one made one year ago tomorrow:

There will be more like this to come over the next tw0-thirds of a year.


Thanks.


James



Re: Tomball

D. Howard Bingham
 

IIRC: Several of the Gulf Coast Chapter NRHS cars are up in Cedar Park at the ASTA facility, not too long ago, they

had acquired a former SP car at an Amtrak Auction & some photos had been circulated of Gulf Coast NRHS members

removing graffiti from the car, that I assume originated after being placed in storage at one of amtrak yards.

D. Howard Bingham  :-)

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On 8/5/2020 10:51 PM, Everett Lueck wrote:
On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 09:09:09 PM CDT, texaszephyr <texaszephyr@...> wrote:


Has anyone heard anything about Gulf Coast dropping plans of relocating to Tomball?

TZ


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Texas Towers website updates

Jim King
 

Recent updates:

 

Towers 96, 97 & 98 – Galveston Island Causeway, http://txrrhistory.com/towers/097/097.htm
Towers 72 & 184 – Corsicana, http://txrrhistory.com/towers/072/072.htm

Tower 62 – Mineola, http://txrrhistory.com/towers/062/062.htm

 

 

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Event Alert! | Rail Passengers Sunset Limited Regional Briefing

David H Bingham
 

From RPA/NARP
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Posted: Aug. 06, 2020, 12:40 pm CDT
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Rail News - AAR: 'Long way to go' before rail traffic returns to normal. For Railroad Career Professionals

David H Bingham
 

https://www.progressiverailroading.com/rail_industry_trends/news/AAR-Long-way-to-go-before-rail-traffic-returns-to-normal--61229 

From: Progressive Railroading Magazine
Forwarded by: D. Howard Bingham
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Re: Tomball

texaszephyr
 

This is sad news. We went to Tomball the day after the Stafford Train Show and the location seemed perfect. Downtown, next to the depot, a nice city park and the BNSF main from Teague. This would have really helped put Tomball on the map.

TZ


On Aug 5, 2020, at 10:51 PM, Everett Lueck <elueck@...> wrote:


On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 09:09:09 PM CDT, texaszephyr <texaszephyr@...> wrote:


Has anyone heard anything about Gulf Coast dropping plans of relocating to Tomball?

TZ



Re: Tomball

Everett Lueck
 

On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 09:09:09 PM CDT, texaszephyr <texaszephyr@...> wrote:


Has anyone heard anything about Gulf Coast dropping plans of relocating to Tomball?

TZ



Tomball

texaszephyr
 

Has anyone heard anything about Gulf Coast dropping plans of relocating to Tomball?

TZ


I am sharing '19275.pdf' with you

David H Bingham
 

Attached is a PDF copy of the Texas Transportation Plan that is subject to "Public Input" on  "Virtual" Comment" session.

This courtesy of RPAHouston@...

Forwarded by: D. Howard Bingham
Posted: Aug. 05, 2020, 02:53 pm CDT
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New Amtrak locomotive paint scheme

Dennis Hogan
 


UP Livonia Subdivision photographs - 4 August 2019

James Robichaux
 


Here is a small set of images that I made one year ago today showing images of (among other things) activity on the Union Pacific Railroad's mainline on the western bank of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Thanks.


James



Re: Testing out the new toy

Jerry Storrs
 

I picked up a 75-300 for my T6 at a pawn shop for a good price and love it.  SPfan


On Mon, Aug 3, 2020, 7:01 PM Matt Shell <shipbuilding@...> wrote:
Nice.

I've had this lens for years, also purchased mine from a friend who I don't think ever used it. It's a fine piece of glass.

Matt

On Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 9:20 PM Nathan Herring <panhandlerails@...> wrote:
Hello all, 

Purchased a Canon 70-200 F4L lens last week from a friend who was updating his equipment. Had time off on Saturday morning to go try it out.

Headed out to Cuyler on the Panhandle Sub where I was able to catch a pair of ethanol trains

First up was BNSF 7942 East with a Watson, CA to Axtell, NE empty ethanol (of course the clouds showed up lol)


About 20 minutes later a Wolsey, SD to Phoenix, AZ loaded ethanol made its way past, and the clouds parted long enough for the DP to have good light


I knew I had two trains headed for the Red River Valley Sub so I decided to go catch them. However after realizing that one would be using Red River Main 1 I headed to Grand St. to catch it where I got blocked by clouds again


After that I didn’t want to deal with the clouds anymore so I headed home.

Here are the trains plus the windmill train from early June on video



Re: Testing out the new toy

Matt Shell
 

Nice.

I've had this lens for years, also purchased mine from a friend who I don't think ever used it. It's a fine piece of glass.

Matt

On Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 9:20 PM Nathan Herring <panhandlerails@...> wrote:
Hello all, 

Purchased a Canon 70-200 F4L lens last week from a friend who was updating his equipment. Had time off on Saturday morning to go try it out.

Headed out to Cuyler on the Panhandle Sub where I was able to catch a pair of ethanol trains

First up was BNSF 7942 East with a Watson, CA to Axtell, NE empty ethanol (of course the clouds showed up lol)


About 20 minutes later a Wolsey, SD to Phoenix, AZ loaded ethanol made its way past, and the clouds parted long enough for the DP to have good light


I knew I had two trains headed for the Red River Valley Sub so I decided to go catch them. However after realizing that one would be using Red River Main 1 I headed to Grand St. to catch it where I got blocked by clouds again


After that I didn’t want to deal with the clouds anymore so I headed home.

Here are the trains plus the windmill train from early June on video



Re: Cotton belt open hoppers

Gerald Hook
 

Ron, et al

 

World War 1 started in Europe on June 28, 1914 and we entered the conflict on April 6, 1917.  The 1917-18 winter came early and was colder than normal in the Northeast and New England.  Tremendous volumes of war material piled up along the east coast awaiting transport to the conflict.  Loaded Coal hoppers were backed up to Pittsburgh and other points hundreds of miles from the coast, resulting in shortages of empty cars at the mines.  Hence, President Wilson’s edict on December 28, 1917 to nationalize the railroads. 

 

More freight cars were needed, and in order to conserve steel for the war effort, wood & steel composite freight cars to USRA designs.  Many of these cars were still in service on December 7, 1941 when, once again, we faced a shortage of freight equipment.  Again, composite cars, larger and with more capacity than those 20 years earlier, were built. (Train Shed Cyclopedia #70 has specs on AAR Emergency Design Open Hoppers and Gondolas)

 

Following VE and VJ days, the oldest composite cars were retired and newer composite cars were replaced by still larger and greater capacity steel cars in the 1950s and 60s.  I recall seeing a few of those old timers in the early 60s, but just like the ubiquitous 40 foot XMs, everything was replaced by more modern cars until today, none of those relics remain outside of museums.

 

I grew up in DFW where wood coal hoppers were practically nil. 

 

Gerald Hook – Russellville, AR

 

From: Ron Roman [mailto:ronaf5as@...]
Sent: Monday, August 3, 2020 1:14 PM
To: Tom Roise <tomroise@...>; Edwin Cooper via groups.io <edwin_c_cooper@...>
Cc: Steve Goen <texaszephyr@...>; Railspot Forum <RailSpot@...>; Gerald Hook <gah333br@...>; panhandlerails@...; Dennis Hogan <denmeg_hogan@...>; Texoma Railfans List <texomarailfans@...>; rs-talon@groups.io; Everett Lueck <elueck@...>
Subject: Re: [Railspot] Cotton belt open hoppers

 

When did the RR’s get rid of the Wooden Coal Cars and favor the Steel ones…
I’m trying to remember that, I want to say in the 50’s for the majority.

I know back east from a talk at a railroad club meeting (went as a guest wit a friend who was a member), they had a speaker and he was saying in the late 40’s to early 50’s was the change overs, it was due to end of WWII, they wanted more Cap and Wght per car, they were even getting longer too (And we know how that is now!).

Back east they was still getting coal loads of several cars to Coal and Oil Fuel place near me.
Even some businesses still used coal for power/heat at the plants… till the late 70’s early 80’s when Nat’l Gas was piped in, or, even Comm’l Power was strung up into them.
Old Plants did things till it was easier and cheaper most likely to do so.

Cool little thread here.

73’s,
Ron R AF5AS
Altus, OK

 

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From: Tom Roise
Sent: ‎Monday‎, ‎August‎ ‎3‎, ‎2020 ‎11‎:‎35‎ ‎AM
To: Edwin Cooper via groups.io
Cc: Steve Goen, Railspot Forum, Gerald Hook, panhandlerails@..., Dennis Hogan, Ron Roman, Texoma Railfans List, rs-talon@groups.io, Everett Lueck

 

One thing you forgot Ed, there were many industries on line that used coal. And the cotton belt did and still does have a large gas manufacturer in Tyler that produced many cars of coke for shipping out to northern facilities.

Tom Roise


> On Aug 3, 2020, at 4:37 AM, Edwin Cooper via groups.io <edwin_c_cooper@...> wrote:
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