Tyler Texas Railroading Today


Union Pacific Railroad ... serving Tyler Texas

The age of merger and consolidation, whether it be in railroads, airlines or college athletic conferences, has become a way of life. We miss the Cotton Belt, but then we also miss Trans Texas Airways and the Big-8! We'll adjust somehow.

"Cotton Belt Marks 110 Years of Railroading": Article from the SP Bulletin, Winter 1987-88 Edition"Cotton Belt Marks 110 Years of Railroading": Article from the Southern Pacific Bulletin, Winter 1987-88 Edition

The Tyler Tap merged into the St. Louis Southwestern which merged into the Southern Pacific which was consumed by Union Pacific.

The International Railroad and the Houston & Great Northern Railroad (H&GN) merged to form the International & Great Northern Railroad (I&GN). The I&GN then was merged into the Missouri Pacific (MP) system in 1956, and the Missouri Pacific was also consumed by the Union Pacific.

Today, Tyler is left with one railroad: the Union Pacific. The east-west trackage is active daily. The old MoPac route running from Troup to Lindale is only partially in use. It is inactive southbound at Whitehouse; it may still serve a concrete plant and the Trane plant just south of Tyler. To the north, it serves a couple of plants, but no longer connects to Lindale. The old Cotton Belt route through Gresham and Bullard is abandoned.

Be sure to view Todd Sestero's excellent Railfan Guide to Tyler Texas (below). Also, we highly recommend linking to Todd's Railroad Signals of the US website for a wealth of railroading information.

Rail traffic continues, but memories of the past are still with us today around Tyler. These vestiges of the past help to remind us of those who lived and worked before us, and to imagine what those years were like on the railroad.

The Cotton Belt Route ... and its connections with Tyler Texas
The Cotton Belt Depot Museum, 210 East Oakwood Street, Tyler, Texas
The Cotton Belt Depot Museum
210 East Oakwood Street, Tyler, Texas (Staff Photo)
The Cotton Belt Depot Museum, 210 East Oakwood Street, Tyler, TexasLooking east from the Cotton Belt Depot Museum toward the rail yards The Cotton Belt Depot Museum, 210 East Oakwood Street, Tyler, TexasLooking west from the Cotton Belt Depot Museum

 

The Cotton Belt Depot Museum, 210 East Oakwood Street, Tyler, Texas
Looking north towards the Cotton Belt Depot Museum on the old MoPac tracks

The crossing of the Cotton Belt and I&GN tracks in downtown Tyler, Texas
The crossing of the Cotton Belt and I&GN tracks in downtown Tyler, Texas
(Staff Photo, September, 2011)

 

Cotton Belt Route overpass on Front Street, Tyler, Texas
Cotton Belt Route overpass on Front Street, Tyler, Texas

Cotton Belt Building

The Cotton Belt Building which housed the general offices of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, 1517 West Front Street, Tyler, Texas
The Cotton Belt Building (south facade) which housed the general offices of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, 1517 West Front Street, Tyler, Texas.
The Cotton Belt Building which housed the general offices of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, 1517 West Front Street, Tyler, Texas
Placed on the National Register of
Historic Places in 2005

The Cotton Belt yards remain in Tyler, but have changed since 1995
The Cotton Belt yards, Tyler, Texas, aerial view, 1995 (Google Maps) The Cotton Belt yards, Tyler, Texas, aerial view, 1995 The Cotton Belt yards, Tyler, Texas, aerial view, 2010 (Google Maps) The Cotton Belt yards, Tyler, Texas, aerial view, 2010
Todd Sestero's Railfan Guide to Tyler, Texas provided with permission of the owner ... click image to enlarge
Todd Sestero's Railfan Guide to Tyler, Texas
Created and owned by Railroad Signals of the US, www.RailroadSignals.us
For personal use only. Provided here with permission of the owner
(click image to enlarge)

 


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