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Map Of Abandoned Railroads In Texas


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Hello all!

I've been working on creating a map of the Abandoned Railroads of Texas. I'm attaching the files so y'all can check it out. You do it by opening the file in Google Earth. If you already have GE installed you should be able to open it by double clicking. Anyways I used Google Earth's historic imaging, Historic Aerials, and a few old maps. I should state that in its current stage the map is far from finished although I'm quickly running out of known railroads to map. If you know of a railroad I've missed please let me know! Also I would love to get some feedback on the maps. They're currently separated by County and if a line passed through multiple counties then the line exists in multiple county folders. As well the Colors currently mean nothing other than separating the lines for ease of editing. Some railroads are drawn in black, those are currently still in use, and are there for reference. Please let me know what you think!

Message to the mods:

I keep getting the error

Error You aren't permitted to upload this kind of file

Could a mod kindly attach the file as I'd rather not upload it to a 3rd party site? It is a .kmz

Edit: I have uploaded the file to my server. You can download it here.

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Hate to self bump but does anyone have or know where I could find older railroad maps of Houston. I'm looking specifically for a map of the Texas and Western Narrow Gauge which ran through present day George Bush Park.

I suggest looking in the archives in the Texas Room of the Houston Public Library.

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Hi SpaceGhost!  Sorry about the file attachment problem.  No one's ever (to my knowledge) tried to share a Google Earth file on HAIF before.

 

I have added KML and KMZ file support to the forum, so you should be able to attach those files now.  I've attached your original file to this message.

 

Abandoned Railroads of Texas.kmz

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My mother has researched old Texas railroads in the past.  I know she has some maps and has done a lot of research at the Texas Room of the old downtown Houston Public Library but that was back in the 1970s-'90s.

 

Back during the 1970s, we walked through the forest about a mile from the Macedonia Cemetary (near Magnolia, Texas) and found the iron tracks of an old rail line there in the woods.  We were using a map showing the old train line and were trying to find the tracks and we did!

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Hi SpaceGhost!  Sorry about the file attachment problem.  No one's ever (to my knowledge) tried to share a Google Earth file on HAIF before.

 

I have added KML and KMZ file support to the forum, so you should be able to attach those files now.  I've attached your original file to this message.

 

attachicon.gifAbandoned Railroads of Texas.kmz

 

when i open this i just get the google earth home page

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There's nothing under I-10 any longer. The only thing left is the bridge over the bayou, which can't be removed without a huge study on the downstream flood impacts. The right of way to the South, along Yale, was sold a while back, either to the City or to the adjacent property owners. I had looked all of that up last year, but can't find my notes.

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I live on the west side and noticed an abandoned railroad grade going north crossing Synott and West Park.  I used the history feature on Google Earth to find a there once was a factory (?) near the corner of Westheimer and Synott that had a siding that ran from Southern Pacific line north to the facility.  I am wondering what that was and why did it need a siding?

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I live on the west side and noticed an abandoned railroad grade going north crossing Synott and West Park.  I used the history feature on Google Earth to find a there once was a factory (?) near the corner of Westheimer and Synott that had a siding that ran from Southern Pacific line north to the facility.  I am wondering what that was and why did it need a siding?

 

The spur went to the Uncle Ben's Factory. The factory was torn down in the 80's Mars the owner of Uncle Ben's retained ownership of the property until 2005 and didn't even place it on the market until 2000 long after new construction on the property had begun.

 

It should be noted that in my map most sidings, spurs etc. have not yet been added.

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Thanks...I moved to Houston in 1984 but lived inside the loop until 1988...never really visited the far west side till then.

 

Haha no problem! To be honest I wasn't even born in 1984. :P Although this was around the time my parents where looking for property on the west side of town. Most of the info I found was through news paper posts.

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Railroad History Program

 

As part of the Bellaire City Library’s Summer Reading Club activities, a Houston author and railroad history expert will present a special Saturday family program on July 27 from 3-4 p.m. Doug Weiskopf, historian of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Railway Historical Association will discuss local rail development as presented in his book Rails Around Houston.  Whether interested in big engines or small models, this program will appeal to all.

 

 

 

Weiskopf was born in Jacinto City and graduated from Baylor University. His interest in local history served him well in his position of Senior Library Services Specialist in the Texas Room of the Houston Public Library. Today he keeps in touch with all levels of railroad enthusiasm and enthusiasts by working part-time at Papa Ben’s Train Place on Bellaire Blvd. 

 

The Railroad History program will be given at the Bellaire City Library, 5111 Jessamine. For more info call Terri Mote, Reference Librarian, at (713) 662-8166.

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