The abandoned railroad route between Falfurrias and Edinburg of which 58.7 miles have been abandoned, was once operated in Texas by the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad and the Southern Pacific Railroad.
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How sad that this railroad that once went through the heart of Falfurrias is no more. I remember when they were pulling up the tracks. They offered he rail road ties to the public for a limited time. My dad got about six of them and used it to the entrance of our ranch. This also happened shortly after the Laster's packed up and left the town they helped built. Leaving behind so many heart broken people who for so many years worked to keep the label and reputation of the Falfurrias Creamery as simply the best. Gone is the great milk it once produced for ALL SOUTH TEXAS and the trains that once picked up passengers and provisions.
I see they are building an overpass and northbound traffic lanes for Hwy 281 on the old roadbed.
I grew up on a farm about 2 miles NE of Falfurrias and about a mile east of the railroad track. The dirt road crossing was raised and so was hard to see if a train was coming. I use to see the steam engines at the station just north of the Riviera highway railroad crossing in Falfurrias. Regularly, lying in my bed at night in the late 40's and 50's I could hear that lonesome whistle blow at all the crossings far away and then the muted rattle of the cars behind. After all these years, I can hear that whistle blow: two longs, one short, one long, at each crossing. I moved away in '63, but came back to visit my mother often and I would see the increasingly rusty tracks. Then one year they were gone.
Amazing how one can miss these simple things of one's youth.
It is sad, what if a group of us south texans rebuilt that railroad. The current Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas play might benefit from a few more miles. As well as the sand and gravel and cargo movers.
I didn't think the SA&AP made it to Edinburg. I thought SP built that extension around 1928. Anyway...
There are three beautiful SP depots still standing in Edinburg, McAllen, and Brownsville.
Frisco , TX
Do you have any pictures or information about Falfurrias to Edinburg? Please