Corsicana to Waco

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Nbr Location Railroads Type Authorized Retired Map
8 Waco (East Waco) StL&SW, I-GN    Mechanical 6/12/1903 1988
46 Hubbard StL&SW, T&BV    Mechanical 7/7/1904 1935
Other abandonments: Cleburne to Teague   
184 Corsicana StL&SW, T&NO    Electrical 1937 1988
Located less than 1,000 feet from Tower 72

Corsicana to Waco abandoned in 1980's or 1990's. From Corsicana went west to the wye (about S 37th Street), then through Purdon, Hubbard, Mount Calm, Axtell, and Waco. I don't know the details of the line west from Atco (just west of Waco), but I remember when it went all the way to McGregor. It eventually ended at Gatesville, but may have gone even further to Hamilton.

Kal Silverberg
Fort Worth, TX
11/3/2013

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Yes, the line did indeed go all the way to Hamilton, and it didn't stop there, either. Just west of Hamilton it branched into two lines, with one leg going to Stephenville, and the other going to Comanche. Not sure on the dates of abandonment west of Waco, other than it was cut back to Lime City in 1972. The Corsicana-Lime City section was abandoned in 1988.

Joe Rogers
Alvarado, TX
11/16/2013

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This isn't exactly a Corsicana-to-Waco thing, but a McGregor thing, and I didn't see a page for SLSW abandonments west of Waco...

There's an old decrepit depot just a stone's throw from the SpaceX rocket testing facility. Coordinates: 31.401863, -97.458972

It doesn't appear to be on the main Cotton Belt route, but was probably part of some sort of service to the old industrial/weapons facility there.

Looking at the aerials, it looks like the service line may have connected to both the SLSW and (what's now the) BNSF.

Win Emmons
Waco, TX
7/10/2014

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We moved into our current home in 1974. The SSW line was still running, mostly on the dirt. It was always a hoot as I sometimes you could hear them fo, seems like hours. They seldom , guesstimate, went over 10 mph if they could nit on the track. Lots of derails. I heard a rumor that to abandon a line required government approval, and if they spent more time on the ground than on the rail they would complain the line was in irreparable shape and ask for abandonment. Not sure about that one.

Then in 88 no mo whistles, however I have one in my shop that brings back memories

Jim Compton
Corsicana, TX
6/14/2016

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