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Train incident tonight in Wichita Falls

texaszephyr
 

News reports are still pretty sketchy but it’s sounding like a motorist waited until a train activated the crossing gates at North Beverly Street, then pulled up, put car in park, exited vehicle and then ran up onto the tracks where they were struck at speed.

TZ


BNSF and L&D action at New Iberia, Abbeville, and places in between -- 15-16 August 2019

James Robichaux
 

These two sets of pictures, the first one rather small and the second one ridiculously large, made on consecutive days one year ago go together.

One year ago today, I made this small set of images in New Iberia, Louisiana, on a very wet afternoon, showing a BNSF Railway crude oil train and some Louisiana & Delta Railroad action, including the bringing of a just-built train for the Abbeville Branch onto the beginning of the branch.

The next day, one year ago tomorrow, I made this really large set of images of action on the branch.

Thanks for looking.


James


Rail Passengers Sunset Limited Regional Briefing | Less Than A Week To Go!

D. Howard Bingham
 

DEADLINE LESS THAN WEEK AWAY.

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Dear Howard,

Join us next Wednesday, August 19th at 3pm Eastern, when Rail Passengers senior staff will host the fourth event in our advocacy webinar series -- which will focus on the campaign for daily service on the Sunset Limited. Registration will close on Monday, August, 17th. Space is limited to 475 participants so reserve your spot now.

In this briefing, we will:

  • Be joined by Rail Passengers Texas Council Member Bruce Ashton to talk about the history of the Daily Sunset campaign. 
  • Discuss the ongoing efforts to return daily service to the Sunset Limited from New Orleans to Los Angeles featuring presentations by Steve Roberts, President of the Rail Passengers Association of California & Nevada and George Chilson, Chairman Emeritus of Rail Passengers Association - followed by Q&A with them and other team members.
  • Explain the IMPLAN economic modeling tool and how it can be used in the advocacy world.

Join us for a fast paced webinar about this initiative. Learn about the market and the economics that make running the Sunset Limited daily along on the I-10 Corridor an important but long neglected public priority. Understand the challenges we face and the strategies we’ve developed to overcome them. Explore how the Daily Sunset campaign could be a template for increasing frequencies on other long distance routes and for adding new routes to the national Interstate system to make train travel a more widely available and attractive travel choice for more Americans.

Submit your questions at mbutler@... with the subject line "DAILY SUNSET QUESTIONS" . Deadline for submission is Tomorrow, Friday August 12th.

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From Fox News - Australia cane train derails after colliding with farm harvester crossing tracks, dashcam video shows

Tom Roise
 

An Australian sugar company has released dashcam video of one of its cane trains colliding with a slow-moving farm vehicle crossing the tracks last month in a public appeal for safety following a spate of recent incidents around its railway network.


https://www.foxnews.com/world/australia-train-collision-sugarcane-video


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Re: Fw: Bridge Hunter Web Site

Gerard Kelley
 

Howdy Norm,

Looks like another site I'll need to pack a lunch for who knew? I'm just wondering now but tunnels ? Just Bascules? New source of knowledge...
Thanks,
G. Kelley
Arlington Tx


-----Original Message-----
From: SCHULTZE <schultze@...>
To: RS-TALON <rs-talon@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Aug 12, 2020 10:53 am
Subject: [Railspot] Fw: Bridge Hunter Web Site



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To: Mike schultze <mike.schultze@...>; Carl Lehman <clehman@...>; GERHARD STUEBBEN <stuebben@...>; Patrick Phelan <ptphelan@...>; Robert Kaplan <robert.kaplan1@...>; steven dickey <froggyaz@...>; cozephyr <cozephyr@...>; Steve Baxendale <baxendas@...>; Thomas Hoffmann <thoffmann@...>
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Subject: Bridge Hunter Web Site

Well, I've been muckin' around the Bridge Hunter website.  It's a real bonanza for RR photogs. First you can search by state. Within State, you can search by railroad, and the see pix and Google street view.  In addition there is the geo coordinates so that your GPS will take you right to it.  It will tell you the length of the span(s), the kind of bridge, and build date.  

Now all I need to do is figure out the difference between a Pony Truss, and a Warren Truss and many other bridge designs.

Plan your pix now.....

Norm


Fw: Bridge Hunter Web Site

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Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 10:52:54 AM CDT
Subject: Bridge Hunter Web Site

Well, I've been muckin' around the Bridge Hunter website.  It's a real bonanza for RR photogs. First you can search by state. Within State, you can search by railroad, and the see pix and Google street view.  In addition there is the geo coordinates so that your GPS will take you right to it.  It will tell you the length of the span(s), the kind of bridge, and build date.  

Now all I need to do is figure out the difference between a Pony Truss, and a Warren Truss and many other bridge designs.

Plan your pix now.....

Norm


Re: Davy, Davy Crockett, train of the wild frontier

texaszephyr
 

David Crockett was also a Katy Pullman on the LW Texas Special.


On Aug 11, 2020, at 9:26 PM, Dennis Hogan <denmeg_hogan@...> wrote:



[Edited Message Follows]

One of two name trains commemorating early Texas heroes.
Stephen F. Austin got a Katy passenger car named after him.
Perhaps others.

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Davy, Davy Crockett, train of the wild frontier

Dennis Hogan
 
Edited

One of two name trains commemorating early Texas heroes.
Stephen F. Austin got a Katy passenger car named after him.
Perhaps others.


Proofs have arrived

texaszephyr
 

The proofs for my "Passenger Trains of Texas - Rock Island" book arrived here this morning. So far everything looks good. I'll have this back at the printer by the first of next week so hopefully we might have the books done in the next two and a half weeks.


Steve Goen


Re: Brady Junction

Jim King
 

I’m sure Brady Island relates to Brady in some way, and they were likely in the same vicinity. Brady Island was part of John T. Brady’s land, but it wasn’t an island originally. It did not become an island until the ship channel built a cut and created the island. Why they made the cut…I don’t know, but I’d like to.

 

So a related question is…does “Brady” (as listed in RCT construction records) equate to “Brady Junction” (as mentioned in Railway Age), or are they two different locations? (and where!?) My assumption is that both Brady and Brady Junction were south of Brays Bayou, as is Brady Island.

 

I’m working on a major update to the Tower 102 page. The future I-GN line that crossed there was built by the Houston Belt & Magnolia Park (HB&MP) for which John T. Brady was the principal investor. S G Reed describes its 1890 construction in some detail. What I’m really trying to determine is how and when the (future) SP line that crossed at T102 was built. There were several receiverships and ownership changes and I’m hoping to drill down a bit deeper and determine precisely when (and who) built that line, and in what stages. Among the major questions…who built the bridge over Brays Bayou 800 ft. downstream from the GH&H bridge? And when? There’s an RCT record that says the HB&MP built 4.07 miles between Houston and Brady in 1895, and that’s the most likely candidate. But the HB&MP was in receivership at the time. And…where exactly did those 4.07 miles go (and how and where did they tie into the existing HB&MP tracks?) If we knew for certain where this 4.07 miles was located, we could figure out how the GL&H used the HB&MP tracks “as an entrance into Houston” in 1895.

 

--jk

 

 

 

 

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From: Jim King
Sent: Sunday, August 9, 2020 10:02 PM
To: RS-TALON@groups.io
Subject: [Railspot] Brady Junction

 

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

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

 


Re: Black Gold, Texas Tea

Gerald Hook
 

My FRISCO passenger timetable collection is a bit spotty.  The August 1953 issue is the last one that shows trains 517-518 going to both Dallas and Ft Worth.  From what I see in Table 17 below, it certainly appears the train called at Dallas Union Terminal, then turned and went on to Ft Worth. 

 

How did they time to turn the “Gold” in Dallas in just 20 minutes ???  Knowing DUT crews performed switching, they would have used Union Terminal’s Wye, and those fellas with 7-Spot never moved that fast !!!  So who was it done ?? 

 

Note, the timetable allowed 1’10” between Dallas and Ft Worth which suggests routing over the RI.  Hummmm

 

Gerald Hook – Russellville, AR

 

 

From: RS-TALON@groups.io [mailto:RS-TALON@groups.io] On Behalf Of Dennis Hogan
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2020 9:14 AM
To: RS-TALON@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Railspot] Black Gold, Texas Tea

 

It's not obvious unless you see a full passenger train schedule or employee timetable that
the BLACK GOLD did a shuffle between Ft. Worth and Dallas which did not involve a combination
of trains at Irving.
Example:  The BLACK GOLD would leave Ft. Worth and head all the way over to Dallas on the
Rock Island's line.  There it would take on passengers and then depart for Irving, Sherman, and
points north.
Southbound the BLACK GOLD would stop at Dallas before heading over to Ft. Worth.

Cotton Belt passenger trains did a similar shuffle on its own line when Ft. Worth was still served.


Re: Brady Junction

D. Howard Bingham
 

Wondering if this also relates to "Brady Island" which is adjacent to where a Bayou empties into

Houston Ship Channel near where Harrisburg Blvd. turns into Broadway in the Pecan Park, neighborhood.?

Howard Bingham  :-)

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On 8/10/2020 8:01 AM, Dennis Hogan wrote:
A clue here in this TSHA article: 1.5 miles from Harrisburg
https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/eqg09
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Re: Black Gold, Texas Tea

Dennis Hogan
 

It's not obvious unless you see a full passenger train schedule or employee timetable that
the BLACK GOLD did a shuffle between Ft. Worth and Dallas which did not involve a combination
of trains at Irving.
Example:  The BLACK GOLD would leave Ft. Worth and head all the way over to Dallas on the
Rock Island's line.  There it would take on passengers and then depart for Irving, Sherman, and
points north.
Southbound the BLACK GOLD would stop at Dallas before heading over to Ft. Worth.

Cotton Belt passenger trains did a similar shuffle on its own line when Ft. Worth was still served.


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

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


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