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Grapevine Vintage Railroad
The old Cotton Belt Grapevine depot was saved by the local folks who wanted it to be a central attraction. And now the railroad became the attraction with the depot in the center.
The Fort Worth Stockyards has a station built into the livestock sales pens.
2248 was built by Cooke in July 1896, #2341, as Southern Pacific 1829, Class DA. In 1901 it was renumbered 2248, Class T-1. It was assigned to fire train service until more modern methods were developed. It was leased to Pacific Fruit Express from March 15, 1945, until March 10, 1949, and then when into display use until the flue time expired in 1959. It was retired at Sacramento on May 3, 1961, and sold for scrap to Purdy Co on May 8, 1961. It was purchased for tourist use in California by C T Brown, but that failed to materialize. In 1974 it was sold to the Texas State RR and rehabilitated as TSR 200 in June 1976. After 5 years of service, the locomotive was stored until purchased by the Fort Worth & Western in 1990. It was restored at 8th Avenue with the exception of boiler work. It operated until 1999 when the boiler required major work. It was replaced by Coe Rail for a short time. The locomotive was then rebuilt in 2001 and is in service. It was sold as Grapevine Vintage RR 2248 "Puffy" in 2004.
2199, GP7u, was built by Electro-Motive in March 1953, #17015, as Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe 2788, Class 2650. It was rebuilt at Cleburne in July 1980 as 2199, Class 2050, and later was sold to OmniTrax as Central Kansas Ry as 2199 in January 1993. It was resold as Grapevine Vintage RR 2199 in 2005.
Coaches 206 through 209 were originally Delaware Lackawanna & Western electric MU cars built in 1925 and came via the Strasburg RR. They were extensively remodeled in 1992 and assigned as Grapevine Vintage RR in 2005.
1808 and 1818 were built by American Car & foundry in 1927 for the Wabash RR. They were acquired from the Smoky Hill Railway Museum and rebuilt in 1993 with open sides which are glassed in during the winter. They were assigned as Grapevine Vintage RR in 2005.
1 came from Missouri Pacific. It was used as a ticket office at 7th Street and is now at Grapevine as GVRX 1.
103 was purchased from Waccamaw Coast Line RR.
No number was built by Whiting Corp as B&D Mills, no number. It was loaned to GV after the mill was closed.
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