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The Weatherford, Mineral Wells and Northwestern Railway

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This is the trail head at Weatherford. Union Pacific's Baird subdivision can be seen in the background. It is this line that the MW&E connected to. Photo by Greg Harrison.

The Weatherford, Mineral Wells and Northwestern Railway built their first line in 1891, connecting Mineral Wells to the Texas and Pacific Railway mainline at Weatherford, 25 miles away. The line was soon purchased by the T&P in 1902, which extended the line another 18 miles to Graford, via Salesville in 1908.

The Gulf, Texas & Western Railroad used a portion of the already-established WMW&NW to access both Mineral Wells and Weatherford from its mainline in Jacksboro. The GT&W built south out of Jacksboro and connected with the WMW&NW at Salesville; this line is also abandoned.

Some of the line was abandoned in sections, and the rest was subsequently merged into the Missouri Pacific, along with the rest of the T&P, in 1988. The following year, the line changed ownership again to the town of Mineral Wells, who purchased the line from MP and operated it as the Mineral Wells and Eastern until 1992 when the remainder of it was abandoned.

A rough timeline of the WMW&NW:

        Graford      Salesville      Mineral Wells      Garner      Weatherford
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1891 |                                     |-------- Built ---------------|
1902 |                                     |---- Purchased by T&P --------|
1908 |    |------------ Built -------------|
1936 |    |--abandoned--|
1941 |                  |--- abandoned ----|
1988 |                                     |------ Merged into MP --------|
1989 |                                     |------ Leased to MW&E --------|
1992 |                                     |--------- abandoned ----------|

Today, the right-of-way continues to see use as the Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway.

The T&P never was a part of the Southern Pacific, even though it had agreements and interchange points with them in West Texas, around Houston/Galveston, and at New Orleans. The T&P was a subsidiary and later absorbed into the Missouri Pacific in 1976.

Mark A. Martin
Fort Worth, TX
2/25/2009

[Thanks for the correction Mark; I changed this article to reflect.  —Greg Harrison]

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if you drive around he town there are many intact spurs and sidings all over the place.

stephen
fortworth, TX
2/28/2009

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How wide is the right-of-way for this abandoned stretch that is now trailway?

steve byars
coppell, TX
3/4/2010

[Steve, the right-of-way averages about 6-10 feet wide. I biked this trailway myself back in 2003.  —Greg Harrison]

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There was another section of this railroad Which is not talked about here. It extended northwest to Oran about 15 miles and was abandoned in the early 1900's. There are still sections recognizable and easily seen by going north up Hwy 281 and west on Old oran Road about 3.5 miles.

Lonnie Forester
Keller, TX
9/23/2011

[Thanks Lonnie, that missing section has been added.  —Greg Harrison]

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THW WMW&NW DEPOT IN WEATHERFORD WAS LOCATED DIRECTLY NORTH OF TOWN CREEK ACROSS FROM THE T&P DEPOT,IT WAS A TWO STORY WOODEN BUILDING.THERE WAS A FOOTBRIDGE CONNECTING THE TWO STATIONS.THERE WAS ALSO A WAINTENANCE OF WAY BUILDING WEST OF FRANKLIN ST ABOUT 100 YDS

Ronnie Patterson
MILLSAP, TX
12/2/2013

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Weird question on here, but I am wanting to get married at an old train station here in Texas but do not know how to rent one. Can anyone help? Sorry email was wrong on first post.

Brandon Whitten
Dallas
1/28/2014

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T&P and WMW&NW once operated McKeen motorcar passenger service between Dallas and Mineral Wells.

Dennis Hogan
Frisco, TX
5/10/2014

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