Altair to Helms

The Colorado River Western Railroad

Point of Interest

GOOGLE MAPS no longer available: With apologies, I am unable to continue showing Google Maps. Google has forced my hand by increasing their map usage fee from nothing/free to OVER $300 A MONTH for the Abandoned Rails website! This is an expense that I simply cannot afford. Rest assured I am looking at available open source alternatives, so maps should be back online soon!

Greg Harrison

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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