Paris to Farmersville

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The AT&SF once served a large onion industry in Farmersville; today, a lone onion shed is preserved along the abandoned right-of-way. Note the Santa Fe shield. Photo by Mike Palmer, August 2012.

This line was constructed in 1886 by the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway, the Texas-based subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. In 1990, the Kiamichi Railroad, a regional company with a presence in nearby states of Arkansas and Oklahoma, desired access into Dallas from their mainline in Purcell, OK, which this segment of railway would provide. Thus, they purchased this line from the AT&SF and created a subsidiary company, the Chaparral Railroad, to operate it. The railroad was not profitable, however, and the line was abandoned in 1995.

Today, the right-of-way serves the Chaparral Rail-trail.

Interlocking Towers

Nbr Location Railroads Type Authorized Retired Map
69 Celeste MKT, GC&SF    Mechanical 3/30/1907

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