Chillicothe to Sweetwater

Interlocking Tower Point of Interest

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Greg Harrison

This abandoned route was originally built by the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient Railroad (KCM&O) around 1908 as part of Arthur Stilwell's line to Topolobampo, Mexico, the port on the Pacific Ocean closest to Kansas City. The line only made it as far south as Sonora, Texas, however.

It was purchased by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway in the 1920s, and the section of line between Chillicothe and Sweetwater was evidently abandoned in the 1990s.

Interlocking Towers

Nbr Location Railroads Type Authorized Retired Map
83 Chillicothe FW&DC, KCM&O    Mechanical 7/14/1910
88 Sweetwater KCM&O, P&NT    Electrical 7/10/1911

This line was purchased from the ATSF in 1992 by The Texas And Oklahoma Railroad (Reporting Marks: TXOR). The entire portion from Chillicothe to Maryneal was operated by TXOR from 1992-1995. The Sweetwater-Chillicothe portion was abandoned in 1995. The Sweetwater-Maryneal portion remains active and in use, and is operated by TXOR.

Alvarado, TX


A short stretch of this line, just north of Chillicothe, is operated by Hardeman Grain....

Joe Rogers
Alvarado, TX


Chillicothe depot still stands in the weeds as of July 2014.

Dennis Hogan
Frisco, TX


Though most of the tracks have been pulled up the right of way is very much visible from the road. I have traveled this road a few times in the past and there are still bridges over the creek beds and the concrete columns on the brazos river are still standing. The right of way is easily spotted for much of the ride up highway 6 between Knox city and Crowell. I highly recommend this drive if you want to see some history still in good condition.

Mike Stephens
Lubbock, TX


My dad worked this line when the Santa Fe had it, from Hamlin to Altus Oklahoma, the crew change was Hamlin, Hamlin to Altus Oklahoma, and Hamlin to Maryneal, Monday through Friday, then Hamlin to Sweetwater on Saturdays

Hamlin , TX


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