The Marshall and East Texas Railway operated 72 miles of track between Winnsboro and Marshall. In 1909, they decided to extend the line 17 miles from Marshall to Elysian Fields, to the southeast. Eight years later, as profits from timber declined, the M&ET fell into receivership, and this extension was revived by itself into the Marshall, Elysian Fields and Southeastern Railway, which continued operating the line in 1922. An effort to extend the line another 10 miles to Lorraine (and a perceived lucrative connection with the Texas and Pacific Railroad there) in 1924 failed, and a majority of the line was abandoned in 1940, with the final segment abandoned in 1945.
Marshall to Elysian Fields
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I passed through Elysian Fields over this past Labor Day weekend. Saw some areas in town that might have been RR property but nothing for sure.
The abandonment information does not add up. There are relics that are much newer. These include rubber grade crossing panels that are still in place at some crossings, as well as current-style crossbucks that are not all that heavily deteriorated.
Did some more research using USGS TOPO maps. 1978 TOPO shows the tracks coming off the T&P at US 80, and ending just west of US 59/SH 43 (East End Blvd). The remaining portion of the line is shown as "Old RR Grade". This explains the crossing relics in Marshall that could be no earlier than the 70's. 1936 TxDOT map shows an underpass at Elysian Fields Av just east of where US 59/SH 43 (East End Blvd) is today. My guess is that there would have been an embankment leading us to this underpass that would have to have been torn out in order to build US 59/SH 43 (East End Blvd).