Lufkin to Diboll and Fastrill

The Texas South-Eastern Railroad

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End of the line on the former Lufkin to Blix segment about 5 miles southwest of Lufkin, and just northeast of Farrell. Photo by Richard Hall.

The Texas South-Eastern Railroad Company was incorporated on October 9, 1900 and has remained independent during its entire existence. It originally operated by moving various products around the East Texas area and provided limited passenger service between Lufkin and various nearby towns. While still an active short line today, operating in Diboll, TX, it is only a small operation compared to its once 78-mile presence.

The TS-E lines in and around Lufkin were the result of the company's intent on connecting to the Cotton Belt line that ran through town, combined with the acquisition of many logging railroads in the area.

The 10-mile branch between Blix and Lufkin was built by the Texas Southeastern railroad in 1908. It was sold to the Angelina and Neches River railroad in 1996, and the last TSE train made its run on this line that year. A section of this track is still used by the A&NR inside Lufkin to move products between industries and the UP main line. The branch is abandoned from Peavy to just northeast of Farrell.

The branch connected in Blix to the "main" line ran from Diboll to Fastrill, Texas. A portion of the TSE "main" from Diboll through Blix to Vair is now the Texas State Railroad tourist line. The section NW of Vair is abandoned. Towns on this section are Raville, Neff, Walkerton, Anderson Crossing, Kenley, Bluff City, Lehane and Fastrill.

Another abandoned section of the TSE extended NE from Diboll to Cushing, Ashford and up to Farber (Frostville) on the Cotton Belt (SSWT).

Thanks to Richard Hall for contributing information about this route.

I believe your description of the TSE "main" from Diboll to Vair as being the Texas State Railroad is incorrect. The TSR runs from Palestine to Rusk. It used to continue from Rusk, SE to Lufkin but that part is now abandoned.

Dave Bethke
Houston, TX
8/17/2009

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I spent many happy hours as a youngster riding in the cab of this TSE engine [pictured above]. The photo was taken about the time I took my first cab ride in the early 1950s. Another engine I spent time on was the Southern Pine #13 which is now on display in Diboll. The TSE ran freight service between Diboll and Lufkin with the "local" running daily (M-F). I never saw any passenger service in the 1950s. The logging operation was still in use at that time (1950s) with the #13 on the head end.

Neal Davidson
Houston, TX
10/9/2010

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the TSRR ran ONLY from palestine to rusk. the line from rusk to lufkin was the SSW

jud powell
texarkana, TX
12/14/2010

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The SSW abandoned the Lufkin-Tyler line in 1987. Angelina & Neches River RR owns a 6 mile segment from the UP Lufkin yard to FM 2021 in Clawson.

Robby Franks
Diboll, TX
12/17/2011

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The TSE abandoned passenger service in 1942 which is why no passenger cars were seen in the 1950s.

Matt
Lufkin, TX
1/5/2012

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