Vacation re-cap Part 3
It had been 10 years since I photographed a train in Corpus Christi. On my way back from a South Padre trip in 1996, I had spent a night in Corpus and caught an eastbound Texas-Mexican train arriving from Laredo early the next morning. Those would be the last Tex-Mex locomotives I would photograph. The Kansas City Southern (KCS) began investing in theTexas-Mexican Railway in 1995 and fully absorbed the Tex-Mex ten years later. The trains you'll see down there these days look a lot like the ones you'll see along the other portions of the KCS system.
On the morning of Tuesday, October 10, I left the island and headed over toCorpus Christi to see what I could find. I found KCS locomotives in the same locations where I had photographed Tex-Mex engines 10 to 12 years ago. I was disappointed to find very few traces of the Tex-Mex identity (just a few freight cars), but at least they weren't taken over by the UP! I caught KCS' Corpus Christi yard engines, a westbound freight, two eastbound freights, and a mysterious movement of new coal hoppers towardthe Port of Corpus Christi -- all before lunch, leaving plenty of time to spend the afternoon at the beach. Now THAT's what I'm talking about...
TFM 1603 near Robstown
Stay tuned for Part 4...
np: ESPN - College GameDay Final
nr: John Steinbeck - Tortilla Flat