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Houston Belt & Terminal Ry.

The Houston Belt and Terminal Railway Company was chartered on August 31, 1905, to provide passenger and freight terminals in Houston for four railroads. Three of the lines, the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway Company, the Beaumont, Sour Lake and Western Railway Company, and the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway Company, were part of the system being constructed by Benjamin F. Yoakum. The fourth participant was the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company. Each railroad owned a 25 percent interest in the Houston Belt and Terminal. The office was in Houston and the initial capital was $25,000. Members of the first board of directors were Sam Lazarus, H. N. Tinker, Hyman Levy, J. M. Rockwell, Edward H. Harrell, B. F. Bonner, and John Summerfield. Construction began in 1905, and the Houston Belt and Terminal opened for operations on January 1, 1908. Construction of Union Depot began in 1909. Designed by the New York firm of Warren and Wetmore, the three-story station opened on March 1, 1911. Within two years an additional two stories were added. In order to build the passenger terminal, twelve blocks of land had to be cleared of some of the finest homes in the city. In mid-1916 the company operated twenty-three miles of main track and sixty-one miles of all tracks and owned seven locomotives and two cars. The Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company of Texas was a tenant at Union Station for several years around 1912. During World War Iqv the United States Railroad Administration took control of the railroads and moved the passenger trains of the International and Great Northern to the depot. This arrangement was formalized in 1921, and the International and Great Northern and its successor remained as tenants as long as the carrier existed. The last passenger train left Union Station on July 31, 1974. However, the station building remains in use for railroad offices, and the Houston Belt and Terminal continues to provide freight facilities for the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company, and the Burlington Northern Railroad Company.

George C. Werner

The HB&T was dissolved and the properties transferred to the UP and BNSF.

 

13, S2, was built by Alco in August 1948, #72750.  It was sold as Texas Central RR 2 in July 1968.

14. S2, was built by Alco in November 1945, #74348.  It was sold as Union Equity Corp 97 and restored as HB&T 14 in 2001.

15, S2, was built by Alco in December 1945, #74349.  It was sold as Equity Export Corp 98.

16, S2, was built by Alco in October 1946, #74803.  It was sold as TEXC 1 in November 1967.

17, S2, was built by Alco in October 1946, #74810;  It was sold as Proctor & Gamble Co 4.

18, S2, was built by Alco in August 1948, #76157. It was sold as TEXC 4 in January 1970.

19, S2, was built by Alco in August 1948, #76158.  It was sold as TEXC 3 in January 1970.

20, S4, was built by Alco in April 1951, #78273.  It was sold as Texas & Northern 19 on June 1, 1971.

21, S4, was built by Alco in April 1951, #78274.  It was sold as T&N18 on June 1, 1971.

31, SW9, was built by Electro-Motive in August 1951, #15129, FN 6333-10. It became Wisconsin Central Ltd 1231 in 1987. It was sold to Larry's Truck Equipment as LTEX 1231 and resold as Diesel Supply Inc DLSX 1231.  It was sold to Steel Products Co.

33, SW1200, was built by Electro-Motive in April 1966, #31683, FN 7877-1. It became WCLtd 1233 in 1987 and retired in March 2002.  It was sold as LTEX 1232.

34, SW1200, was built by Electro-Motive in April 1966, #31684, FN 4493-1. It became WCLtd 1234 in 1987 and retired in March 2002.  It was sold as LTEX 1233.

36, SW1200, was built by Electro-Motive in April 1966, #31686, FN 4493-3.  It was sold as  Progress Rail Services 102.

37, SW1200, was built by Electro-Motive in April 1966, #31687, FN 4493-4.  It was sold to VMV Enterprises and rebuilt as PRS 101.

50, SW1500, was built in Electro-Motive in December 1969, #35293, FN 4564-1.  It was sold as Genesee & Wyoming RR 47 and later transfer as Willamette & Pacific RR 1551.  In it was transferred as Portland & Western RR 1551 in 2000.  It was transferred as Commonwealth Ry 1551.

51, SW1500, was built by Electro-Motive in December 1969, #35294, FN 4565-2.  It was later sold to Larry's Truck Equipment Co as 2000.

53, SW1500, was built by Electro=Motive in May 1971, #37264, FN 4596-1.  It was sold to Larry's Truck Equipment Co in September 1998.

60, MP15DC, was built by Electro-Motive in October 1979, #786236-1, FN 786236-1.  It was sold as Econo-Rail Corp 60 and leased as Austin Area Terminal RR as 60.  It was sold to Watco as WAMX 60.

61, MP15DC, was built by Electro-Motive in October 1979, #786236-2, FN 786236-2. It was sold as E-R 61 and leased to AUAR as 61.

63, MP15DC, was built by Electro-Motive in October 1979, #786236-4, FN 786236-4.  It was sold as E-R 63 and leased to AUAR as 63.  It was sold as WAMX 63.

64, MP15DC, was built by Electro-Motive in October 1979, #786236-5, FN 786236-5.  It was sold as E-R 64 and leased to AUAR as 64.

 

The history came from The Handbook of Texas Online.

 

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