Altair to Helms

The Colorado River Western Railroad

Point of Interest

The Colorado River Western Railroad was chartered on February 11, 1955 to build from the former Texas & New Orleans line (also abandoned) at Altair to a strip mine located just north of Helms, in Texas. Total length of the line was nine miles; the headquarters for the railroad was located "off-site" in nearby Alleyton.

The Texas & New Orleans Railroad purchased the CRW in 1958, and its line was later abandoned under parent Southern Pacific in 1975.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

Docket Number: AB-12 Sub 18 Date: 6/9/1975 Section: 1(18)
Application for authority to abandon a line of railroad from MP 0.00 near Altair northerly to the end of the line at MP 9.02 near Helms, a distance of 9.02 mi., in Colorado County, Tex.
Length: Unknown Citation:  

It looks like the plan was to make it up to Columbus, guess they never made it though.

Houston, TX


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