The abandoned railroad route between Yorktown and Yoakum, known as The Yoakum Branch, of which 15.16 miles have been abandoned, was once operated in Texas by the Southern Pacific Railroad.
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As of 10-2011 you can still see quite a bit of the ROW. I have noticed in other areas of Texas where the SP has abandoned you cannot see any trace of the ROW.
The subject of this abandonment was the former San Antonio & Aransas Pass mainline from Kenedy to Yoakum. The SP did not actually abandon the physical trackage between Yoakum (MP 119.5) and Cuero (15.16 miles) but effectively abandoned from River Junction to Yorktown (also about 16 miles). The following year, SP petitioned to abandon the trackage it built from Cuero to Stockdale which included the short segment to River Junction (MP 55.48 to MP 58.00) which formerly connected a segment from San Antonio to Sutherland Springs, TX (built as the San Antonio & Gulf Shore or San Antonio & Gulf).
River Junction was created when the former SA&AP bridge across the Guadalupe River became unusable and a short track connecting the former SA&AP mainline and the Cuero-Stockdale line was built to use the newer SP bridge across the Guadalupe west of Cuero. A 1961 photo of the Yoakum to Kenedy local (Yoakum Branch train) which this petition sought to eliminate may be found at http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=318594.
The track between Cuero and Yoakum is in service (as of 2012) and handles coal trains for the Coleto Creek power plant southwest of Victoria. It also handled the KCS from Houston to Victoria prior to KCS rebuilding the former SP line between Rosenburg and Victoria.
Fairfax County, VA
As an SPRR engineer assigned to the H&TC divison we were required to protect runs from Yoakum to Hearne. Deadheaded from Houston to Yoakum many a day to.protect the Yoakum extra board. Slow track back in those days until we got to Flatonia and then we had to fight all the Blue Streak trains coming out of HRN. as well as the autoparts coming out of LA. Back in those days we ran trains on timetable schedule and train orders.----Nightmare sometimes when trying to get to HRN. Track speed between Flatonia to Hearne was 70+ mph.
SA, Houston, Texss, TX
Do you have any pictures or information about The Yoakum Branch? Please