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Roscoe Snyder & Pacific

 

The Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway Company was chartered on October 1, 1906, for the purpose of building a railroad from Roscoe in a generally northwesterly direction to the west boundary of Bailey County, a distance of about 200 miles. Construction began the following year, and the first section of thirty-one miles from Roscoe to Snyder opened on June 12, 1908. The extension of 18 miles from Snyder to Fluvanna was completed on September 11, 1909, and opened two days later. The capital was $200,000, and the business office was located at Roscoe in Nolan County. Members of the first board of directors included Fleming W. James, William G. Swenson, Edward S. Hughes,qv J. E. Wills, Eugene Wood, Henry James, and J. M. Wagstaff, all of Abilene, Texas, and N. T. Reed and A. A. Reed of Hutchinson, Kansas. From its beginning the railroad established itself as one of the most profitable short lines in the nation. As a bridge route connecting the Santa Fe and the Texas and Pacific railroads the line enabled transcontinental shippers to transport California fruits and vegetables to Memphis and New Orleans markets in five days. The RS&P sold its service directly to shippers through general agents in such cities as Fort Worth, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Washington. The first RS&P locomotive and the original rails were purchased used from the Texas and Pacific. In 1916 the company owned three locomotives and two passenger cars and earned $15,984 in passenger revenue, $149,054 in freight revenue, and $3,189 in other revenue. In 1931 the company owned four locomotives, one freight car, and three passenger cars and earned $210,101. Passenger service was discontinued in 1953.

In 1941 the Fluvanna extension was abandoned and the track taken up, reducing service to the original thirty-one miles from Roscoe to Snyder. Between 1950 and 1955 diesel locomotives replaced the steam equipment, and the last steam engine was retired to a Snyder park. In 1960 the company began buying and leasing tank cars; two years later it added a repair shop to its Roscoe facilities to service its own cars and those of other companies. The company also replaced twenty-two miles of track with heavier rails in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Only one wreck marred the history of the railroad. It occurred in April 1926 when a bridge washed out and a locomotive and one passenger car plunged into a draw. For years the RS&P maintained a payroll of approximately seventy employees and defied the trend toward decline that affected other railroads. In 1972 the railroad was independent and owned two locomotives and 641 freight cars. The net income for that year was $516,679. Deregulation of the railroads following the passage of the Staggers Act in 1980 made it impossible for the company to continue to compete for bridge traffic. This resulted in the abandonment in 1984 of all of the line except for about 1 miles of industrial track remaining at Roscoe.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Snyder Daily News, Diamond Anniversary Edition, December 9, 1962.

William R. Hunt The Handbook of Texas Online.

 

1, 70 Ton, was built by General Electric in November 1946, #28562, as Albany & Northern 70. It was renumbered 1 at an unknown date. In 1970 it was sold to RS&P as 1 and then resold in 1971 to American Grains with no number.

200, SW8, was built by Electro-Motive in August 1953, #18618,  It was sold as Southwest Railway Equipment Co 200 in 1970.

300, NW2, was built by Electro-Motive in November 1947, #5396, as Chicago & Western Indiana 251.  It was sold to Purdy Co in March 1959 and resold as RS&P 300 in June 1959.  It was sold to Precision Engineering Co in July 1969  and resold as United States Steel Corp 5723.  It was renumbered 23 and rebuilt as M7, slug.

400, AS616, was built by Baldwin in April 1952, #75453, as Southern Pacific 5257, Class DF-112.  It was classified Class BS616-5 in 1966 and sold as RS&P 400 in January 1968.  It was sold for scrap to Pine Street Salvage Co in February 1970.

8, caboose.

X1, crane.

Roscoe, TX.

 

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