Galveston Wharves Switcher

Galveston, Texas

In 2002, this AIMCOR switcher could be found on the main thoroughfare between Galveston and Pelican Islands. Here it is seen serving as a bumping post at the end of a long storage spur on Galveston Island proper. It was reportedly pushed completely off the end of the rails and was leaning in the sand at a sharp angle in 2003. A year later, the old switcher was dismantled and scrapped in place over the course of three days.

This picture was taken from the Pelican Island Causeway. The swi...
This picture was taken from the Pelican Island Causeway. The switcher is no longer there.
Another picture of the abandoned switcher from the Pelican Islan...
Another picture of the abandoned switcher from the Pelican Island Causeway (hence the guardrail in the foreground). It is no longer there.

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That wasn't a Galveston Wharf Terminal switcher, it's most likely an ex-SP unit (look at the number board atop the hood) that was used for one of the now-closed industries in Galveston.

GWT only ever rostered SW-1s and SW-1001s.

Houston, TX

along the pelican island cause way on the ground to the right very hard to see is a another rail tracks that go to the bridge that connect the ports on the island if u go south to the main island follow harbor side harbor dr. at the corner of harbor side and 37st is ground plans to what was GW round house

houston, TX

There was a railroad spur, overgrown, running very close to the causeway that once went out to Pelican Island and curled around to the end. I saw the abandoned line in 2005, but it looks like according to this Google Maps image, much of it has been stripped. Curiously, I STILL can't figure out how it connected to the main line...

College Station, TX

The Pelican Island line went over the east side of the causeway to Pelican Island, I believe to service the Todd Shipyard that existed there. It was gone by the mid-to-late 1980.

A lot of Galveston has changed since the 1980s, it used to be much more commercial, where there are now businesses were all railroad yard serving a busy port.

Houston, TX

Well, you guys might be happy to know that the tracks there have been "un-abandonded". The tracks there have been rebuilt for Texas International Terminals. (You can see it in the new Google Maps Picture). They handle unit trains of ethanol and other chemicals, as well as unit trains of what I think is Potash. They also have a team track that handles a few boxcars. It's served by UP.

Houston, TX

That switch engine was originally a Galveston Wharves engine but was later assigned to Grain Elevator B ( Bunge). It had a twin sister at Elevator B and two more just like it at Elevator C ( Farmers) which were painted a different color. I worked on that engine in 1981-82 until laid off. When they closed Elevator B and demoed it these when back to the wharves which had sold off their rail line by then. They stored them where ever they could. The Railroad museum tried to get them but nothing ever came of it.

Texas City, TX