Rosebud to Waco

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  • States: Texas   
  • Railroads: SP   

The Cameron Branch

The abandoned railroad route between Rosebud and Waco, known as The Cameron Branch, of which 36.7 miles have been abandoned, was once operated in Texas by the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

Docket Number: 23705 Date: 6/21/1965 Section: 1(18)
Applic. for auth. to aband. that part of it Cameron Branch extdg. from M.P. 133.7 at Rosebud, Falls County, to M.P. 170.4 at Waco, McLennan County, a distance of 36.7 mi., all in the State of Tex.
Length: 36.7 miles Citation:  

This was the original SA&AP line, then T&NO before the SP.

Line went through Lott, named for the builder of the SA&AP.

Lloyd Bishop


This is another line that I've been very interested in, but haven't been able to find out much about. The Rosebud-Cameron segment lasted until, I think, 1977. I went down and checked out this line in March 2011 on a railfan trip....It appears Rosebud had a very large grain facility, with lots of sidings. Also, when is there going to be a profile of SSW's Waco-Corsicana line, abandoned in 1988??

Alvarado, TX


Waco, at one time, was a major rail hub. Would also like to see profiles on IGN's Waco-Marlin line, abandoned in 1967, and MKT's Texas Central line, abandoned also in 1967, which ran all the way to Rotan.

Alvarado, TX


I just went through U.S. 77, from Waco all the way to Halletsville, TX. I 'did' see the remains of the railroad

dump, and a trestle supports cut evenly along the way to

Rosebud, TX. After seeing the Docket, I was mistaken, it

appears the early to mid 1960's was not a good years for

these railroads. Railroad mergers and frequent abandonment

of the railroads also meant economic downturn for those nice little towns and small cities. :( Farewell Americana!

Michael D. Lucas
Hamilton, TX


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Do you have any pictures or information about The Cameron Branch? Please . You will get credit for anything you contribute.