Greenville to Wylie
This railway line was constructed in 1888 by the Saint Louis, Arkansas and Texas Railroad on their way to Dallas. The property was turned over to the Saint Louis and Southwestern Railroad in 1891.
I recently took some pictures of the old abandoned railroad bridges across the eastern fork of the Trinity river between lake Lavon and lake Ray Hubbard adjacent to SR78 in Wylie. I am interested in the history of these bridges, but have not been able to find much information on them. One bridge is a wooden truss, the other a combination of a wooden truss and an iron girder.
Randall, try searching thru this document. It is free and can be downloaded as a PDF doc. It has very specific coordinate info and I have located a few GCSF row items that are now submerged in Lavon lake.
Best regards, Walter
Also, here is a link for the enumeration district maps for the 1940 census that give some detail about how things looked prior to these reservoirs being created.
Before abandonment, the bridges mentioned above suffered a number of fatalities from fishermen tresspassing and being struck. Traffic was very infrequent, lulling unsuspecting fishermen to position themselves on these bridges, with no way out.
In the last the right-of-way and remaining trestles have been torn up just below Lavon Dam.
I found an old topographic map that showed a Cotton Belt School between Wylie and the town of Lavon.
Had this line not been washed out circa 1990-91, we might have seen a Cotton Belt 819 excursion into Dallas or Ft. Worth.
My last comment should have begun by saying: "In the last year or so..."
It's May 11 2014 today.
This line was constructed in 1888 by the SLA&T on its way to Ft. Worth, not Dallas. Dallas was not reached by the Cotton Belt until 1898 by trackage rights over the GC&SF from Wylie to Dallas. See https://www.ttarchive.com/library/Articles/Cotton-Belt_80-Years-Progress.html#3
The line was taken out of service in early May 1990 due to washouts between Nevada and Wylie.
There will be some bridge information about this line in primary source documents. Also check the Cotton Belt documents in the Barriger Collection at the J. W. Barriger Railroad Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
The 23.2 mile Cotton Belt line between Simtrott and Wylie was abandoned August 13, 1994. Authorization was by ICC Docket ICC AB-39 Sub 17X. Cotton Belt abandonment data compiled by David Bernstein for the 2007 Cotton Belt Symposium.