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Don's Rail Photos

Texas Trolley Lines

 

Abilene Street Railway

Service began as Abilene Street Ry in 1907 and became Abilene Traction Co in 1919.  In 1921 it was purchased from Middle West Utilities Co and ended rail service in 1930. 

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Austin Street Railway

Service was begun in 1890 as Austin Rapid Transit Co.  It became Austin Electric Ry in 1902 and became Austin Street Ry in 1911.  Streetcar service ended in 1945 and changed as Austin Transit Co.

Recently there have been hearings to discuss the possibility of light rail service at the capital of the great State of Texas. At one time there was a nice little street railway which ended its operations using Birneys.

61 was built by American Car Co in December 1920, #1278.  It was scrapped in 1940.

63 was built by American Car Co and was purchased from Southwestern Gas & Electric Co. in 1934.


Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Light Rail Cars.

Trinity Railway Express.


Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Airtrans

1 was built by LTV in 1973.

2 was built by LTV in 1973.

5 was built by LTV in 1973.

10 was built by LTV in 1973.

46 was built by LTV in 1973.

95 was built by LTV in 1973.

377 was built by LTV in 1973.  It was planned for freight but became a work car.

Trailer.


Dallas Railway & Terminal

Stone & Webster Cars.

Double Truck Birneys.

700 Series Cars.

PCCs.

Stone & Webster bodies at Alvarado.


Eastern Texas Electric Co.

Jefferson County Traction Co.

JCT was chartered on August 3, 1912, and began operations on December 15, 1913.  It became ETE in 1918 and operated ended on August 15, 1932.

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Eastern Texas Traction Co.

Greenville & Northwestern Ry.

Two interurban lines were planned to join at Greenville.  ETTRy was to be built between Dallas and Greenville.  G&NW was actually started from Anna and built to Westminster.  It didn't last very long.

A union station was built, but it was close to the Greenville Street Ry tracks.  No trains ran.  It was rebuilt and was a tortillo factory.


El Paso Electric Co.

We have a full page on this line.


Galveston-Houston Electric Ry.

We have a full page on this line.


Greenville Street Ry.

106 was built by Cincinnati Car Co in March 1911, #1335.

Car Barn.


Historic Mesquite, Inc.

1035 is a former Oporto car.  It was set up on a trailer and used for a Christmas parade.


Houston Electric Co.

We have a full page on this line.


Las Colinas Area Personal Transit System

LCAPT serves the Las Colina area of Irving and had 4 passenger stations and a maintenance and control center.  There are 4 cars and operate with 2 daily.  It was designed in 1972 and construction begun in 1979.  The plan called for 5 miles with 20 stations, but only 1.4 miles of guideways were completed by 1983.  The cars were built by AEG-Westinghouse in 1986.  It was operated by Bombardier and had a 50 cent fare but it closed in July 1993.  It was reopened on limited service in 1996 with no fare and connected with DART in 2012. 

1 was built by AEG-Westinghouse in 1986.

2 was built by AEG-Westinghouse in 1986.

4 was built by AEG-Westinghouse in 1986.


Leonards M&O Subway

Tandy Center Subway

We have a full page on this line.


McKinney Avenue Transit Authority

We have a full page on this heritage trolley line.


Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County

We have a full page on this light rail line.


Mineral Wells & Lakewood Park Street Ry.

MW&LP opened in 1905 and closed in 1909.  They had several gas motor cars.

"Ben Hur" looks like it may be a Stover.


Northern Texas Traction Co.

Tarrant County Traction Co.

We have a full page on these lines.


Roby & Northern RR

The Roby and Northern Railroad Company was chartered on May 5, 1915, to build from Roby north to a junction with the Texas Central Railroad, a distance of five miles. The road had a capital of $10,000, and the business office was located at Roby. Members of the first board of directors included G. L. White (president), L. C. Eastland (vice president), George F. Beavers, and George F. Sturgis, all of Hillsboro, and L. H. McCrea, J. McWhirter, W. R. Timmons, and O. C. Walker, all of Roby. Rails and other materials were obtained from the abandoned Estacado and Gulf Railroad, and the road was placed in service between Roby and North Roby on January 3, 1916. At time the 4-mile line owned two locomotives, two freight cars, and one passenger car. Earnings for 1916 included $679 in passenger revenue, $9,040 in freight revenue, and $39 in other revenue. The West Texas Utilities Company acquired the Roby and Northern and converted it to electric operation in 1923. By 1931 the R&N was listed as a Class III road by the Railroad Commission and owned one locomotive, one freight car, and three passenger cars. Earnings for the year included $3,106 in passenger revenue, $8,844 in freight revenue, and $2,765 in other revenue. The road discontinued operations on December 31, 1941, and was abandoned the following year.   ---Chris Cravens

7 was rebuilt from an Abilene city car.


 San Antonio Traction Co.

San Antonio Public Service Co.

300 was built by American Car Co in 1913.  This car was retired in 1933 and used as a shed or studio at the art museum until some of the local fans, apparently led by the late Rod Varney, got control of the car body and began a terrific restoration using parts from several other bodies. It was just a shed when they started. Then for several years they operated on the tracks of the the Texas Transportation Co. The car was and is now leased as Astoria Riverfront Trolley 300. My own feeling is that this car should be running on the McKinney Avenue line in Dallas. But then, that's my opinion and I'm stuck with it.


Texas Electric Co.

Passenger Cars.

Locomotives and Freight Motors.

Former Shops and Bridge.


Texas Interurban Ry.

102 was built by American Car Co in December 1922, #1322.  It was rebuilt as Dallas Ry & Terminal 113 in 1931.

104 was built by American Car Co in December 1922, #1322.  It was rebuilt as DR&T 115 in 1931.

106 was built by American Car Co in July 1924, #1374.  It was rebuilt as DR&T 117 in 1931.

107 was built by American Car Co in July 1924, #1374.  It was rebuilt as DR&T 118 in1931.

300 was built by Dallas Ry & Terminal in 1921.  It was rebuilt as DR&T 502 in 1932.

301 was built by DR&T as a trailer flat.  It was rebuilt as DR&T 501 in 1932.

Carrollton Union Depot was built in 1924 after an older station burned and was owned by Missouri-Kansas-Texas  It also served the St Louis South-Western and it also served for TIRy between Septemer 1924 and 1931.  It was taken over by Dallas Garland & NorthEastern.  It was moved east of the crossing and restored in 2008.


Texas Transportation Co.

A page on this now closed line.

 

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