This former Louisiana and Arkansas Railroad mainline was built in 1881 and abandoned by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad in 1940.
McKinney to Farmersville, TX
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There is another line with gates and lights next to the former ROW if you look at street view.
The line connected the Southern Pacific line (now DGNO) in Mckinney Texas,and the L&A(KCS) in Farmersville. Farmersville was also the southern end of the AT&SF Paris branch to Paris, Abandoned in 1994.
@ Anthony Rd.
The line at Anthony St. Is DGNO , Dallas Garland & North Eastern. It is an ex Southern Pacific Branch. It comes from A BNSF connection in Sherman Tx. And goes to the Encore Wire plant in Mckinney Tx. End of track on that line is now at Industrial Blvd south of Anthony St.
This line was originally narrow gauge.
It shared a Union Depot with the H&TC in McKinney for passenger service.
I have a B&W photo of the last L&AT train leaving McKinney circa 1941-42.
Looking at an old map the track didn't merge with DGNO in Mckinney but it ran parallel to the current DGNO a few blocks apart. I didnt find a map to see how far north it ran seperate.
Could be that The MKT narrow gauge line went directly to an Onion shed and station for transfer to standard gauge trains. However, I do know that after the line was converted to standard gauge, it connected to the L&A in Farmesville. It was also narrow gauge at one time.
I wish I had a rail fanning time machine.
The old railroad bed runs right on the side of my property. You can still see the white rock where the tracks/bed were. I believe, since I have large trees on the side of my property, my place was a rest area for workmen and a staging area for rails, ties and such when they tore the rail lines out. I continually find old railroad spikes, bolts, square nuts, green glass power line insulators that the ground coughs up and I've been here for 18 years. There also used to be two railroad rails half buried there, but have been removed. I always knew of the rail line, but I didn't know it went all the way to a Farmersville. I thought it ended in Princeton. It may have had trains running on it, but was also told it had a trolly that ran there too that ran people back and forth..