The Saint Louis & Southwestern Railway

The Cotton Belt

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Abandonments

This abandoned route has a map. Corsicana to Hillsboro
States: Texas   
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This abandoned route has a map. Corsicana to Waco
States: Texas   
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This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. Abandoned Rails of Dallas
States: Texas   
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This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures. Abandoned Rails of Fort Worth
States: Texas   
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This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures. Greenville to Wylie
States: Texas   
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This abandoned route is a featured route. Abandoned Rails of Greenville
States: Texas   
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This abandoned route has a map. Libourn to Bird's Point
States: Missouri   
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This abandoned route has a map. Libourn to New Madrid
States: Missouri   
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This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map. The Little Rock Branch (Altheimer to North Little Rock)
States: Arkansas   
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This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures.This abandoned route has associated ICC filings. The Oklahoma Central Railway (Lehigh to Chickasha)
States: Oklahoma   
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This abandoned route has historical information.This abandoned route has a map.This abandoned route has associated pictures. The Saint Louis Subdivision (Saint Louis to Kansas City)
States: Missouri   
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Texas Interlocking Towers

The Saint Louis & Southwestern Railway was served by these interlocker towers in Texas:

Nbr Location Railroads Type Authorized Retired Map
8 Waco (East Waco) StL&SW, I-GN    M 6/12/1903 1988
Abandonments: Corsicana to Waco   
18 Fort Worth (Hodge Yard) T&P, StL&SW    M 7/25/1903
21 Waco (East Waco) StL&SW, MKT, H&TC    E 8/8/1903 1967
42 Texarkana T&P, StL&SW, T&FtS    E 7/7/1904
Razed in the 1990s
Abandonments: Texarkana, TX to Shreveport, LA   
44 Hillsboro T&BV, StL&SW, MKT    M 7/7/1904 1940
Abandonments: Hillsboro to Waxahachie   
46 Hubbard StL&SW, T&BV    M 7/7/1904 1935
Abandonments: Cleburne to Teague, Corsicana to Waco   
49 Plano StL&SW, H&TC    E 7/18/1904
56 McGregor GC&SF, StL&SW    E 10/20/1904 1967
Unusual structure combining interlocking tower and passenger depot. The depot remains to this day.
60 Fort Worth StL&SW, GC&SF, FW&DC, CRI&G, FtWB    E 7/1/1905
64 Greenville MKT, StL&SW    M 9/24/1906
Lower half of tower remains in place
Abandonments: Abandoned Rails of Greenville   
72 Corsicana StL&SW, T&BV    M 11/21/1907
Located less than 1,000 feet from Tower 184
77 Carrollton StL&SW, MKT, CRI&G    M 12/7/1908
Also known as "Carrollton Crossing", a designated Historic Landmark
101 Whitewright MKT, StL&SW    M 12/1/1914 1953
107 Dallas (South Tower) StL&SW, MKT, CRI&G, H&TC, UT, StL&SF, T&NO    P 10/1/1916
Tower still standing; used in tandem with Tower 106 to control Dallas Union Terminal; two towers led to removal of Tower 57. Now owned by DART.
137 Big Sandy T&P, StL&SW    E 8/14/1928
144 Waco StL&SW, MKT    M 5/29/1928 1970
166 Plano StL&SW, TE    M 1930 1949
176 Jacksonville StL&SW, I-GN    M 1931 1984
181 Mertens I-GN, StL&SW   
Abandonments: Corsicana to Hillsboro   
184 Corsicana StL&SW, T&NO    E 1937 1988
Located less than 1,000 feet from Tower 72
Abandonments: Corsicana to Waco   
193 Sinton T&NO, StL&SW, StLB&M    A 1946
195 Pittsburg StL&SW, L&A   
200 Athens T&NO, StL&SW    A 1952 1981
Cabin-type interlocker still standing
201 Jacksonville StL&SW, T&NO   

Pictures of the Saint Louis & Southwestern Railway

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Cotton Belt bridge crossing TX State Highway 183. This view is looking east. Photo by Greg Harrison.


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