Monday, February 18, 2008

Ghost signs & trains in Cleburne

M joined me for a short Sunday afternoon trip down to Cleburne to look for ghost signs and trains.

Foster Drug - Cleburne, TX

Newspapers - Cleburne, TX

Cooper Wholesale Gro. - Cleburne, TX

the Burger Bar - Cleburne, TX

the Burger Bar in Cleburne
Cleburne is a railroad town if there ever was one. In the early 1900s, the Santa Fe constructed a car shop, locomotive shop, and machine shop there. Many of the shop buildings -- as well as the town's landmark smokestack -- still stand, looming above an aging residential neighborhood northeast of downtown. Santa Fe successor BNSF no longer uses them; some of the buildings are occupied by Gunderson Southwest, which uses them to house freight cars undergoing repair work. The smokestack and some of the other structures still display Santa Fe's old "circle cross" logos.

Despite spinning off the shops to Gunderson, the railroad still maintains a noteworthy presence in Cleburne; various switch jobs use the yard while, dozens of "through" trains roll through town each day on the main line between Fort Worth and Temple.

A BNSF coal train rolls through Cleburne on Sunday, Feb 17. The town's landmark smoke stack (part of the railroad shop complex) is visible to the right.

M checks out a couple of wood cabooses near the Cleburne shops.

enjoying the view from inside an old FW&D waycar

sunset over the Cleburne shops

np: Willis Alan Ramsey - "Northeast Texas Women"

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Blogger Mike said...

Nice shot of the rail yard building. I'm researching the sister complex in Albuquerque. Do you have any other information on the structures?

1:24 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I worked in this railyard for 10+ yrs, from 1994 to 2004, and loved every minute of it. There are a TON of stories to be told. I feel like there's a part of me that will always love this place.

12:22 AM  

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