Old Right-of-Way Along I-40

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Old Right-of-Way Along I-40

Post by XC Tower » Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:39 am

While driving east along I-40 this past March, I noticed signs of an old line going through Wildorado and Bushland, Texas to Amarillo. At Amarillo, another former line could be noticed (I did) at various points to Groom, Texas. Does anyone have a history on this? Where did the routes extend to? Any idea as to when and why the rails were removed? I'm guessing that Oklahoma City may have where one destination was...I lost the sightings do to darkness..
Thanks for any information.


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Re: Old Right-of-Way Along I-40

Post by timz » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:57 pm

If you put those towns into the search box at http://mapper.acme.com and click on "Topo" you can follow the Rock Island to Tucumcari.

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Re: Old Right-of-Way Along I-40

Post by up8677 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:50 am

Just a note; Farmrail in Clinton, OK operates part of the old Rock Island track.

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Re: Old Right-of-Way Along I-40

Post by Zanperk » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:47 pm

timz wrote:Tucumcari.
Santa Rosa :wink:

It's the Rock Island's Choctaw Route. ATSF looked at, and passed on Amarillo - Memphis when the Rock liquidated.

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Re: Old Right-of-Way Along I-40

Post by Backshophoss » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:38 pm

The route from El Reno Ok(OKC metro area)to Tucumcari NM was Subdivisions 33,34,35 and 36 of the RI's Southern Division
in the"THE ROCK" ETT dated 03/18/1979. There was a streach of Subdivision 36 kept in service to reach the Pantex Weapons
plant near the Everett-Wildorado area till the late 1990's and the National Hydrogen Storage Facilty near Soncy as well.
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