Wylie to Copeville

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This railway line was built by the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad (the Texas-based subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway) in 1886. The line was relocated due to the impounding of the East Fork of Trinity River in order to form Lavon Lake in 1948, abandoning a short stretch of right-of-way, some of which is submerged beneath the lake.

The rest of the former AT&SF is still in use by the Dallas, Garland and Northeastern Railroad, a regional carrier.

Thanks to Walter Ference for contributing information about this route.

Cotton Belt used the GC&SF south from Wylie to access Dallas. This started around 1898 by trackage agreement. The practice ceased in 1903 when the Cotton Belt built its own line from Addison into Dallas.

There used to be a connecting track in Wylie between the Santa Fe and Cotton Belt.

By the way, I rode an Amtrak train between Farmersville and Dallas in 2001 when Amtrak operated the TEXAS EAGLE for a short period over the KCS (L&A) between Jefferson and Dallas. The original GC&SF segment near downtown Wylie is gone--replaced by a bypass sometime after 2001.

Dennis Hogan
Frisco, TX
5/10/2014

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Development south of Lake Lavon dam has taken its toll on the abandoned Cotton Belt right-of way in the last few years. There are houses now where the tracks once ran. The pile trestle south of the lake has been obliterated. There used to be a site outlined in stone or brick where a water tower once stood.

By the way, I found on an old topographic map the location of a Cotton Belt School in that area.

Too bad the floods in 1990 or 1991 caused SP to abandon the line. Many of us were hoping Cotton Belt 819 would operate an excursion to Dallas back then.

Dennis Hogan
Frisco , TX
2/1/2015

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