East Texas Railroads and Locomotives Collection
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There were other companies that came to the area over the years. Some were relatively short lived, like the Port Bolivar and Iron Ore line of the Marshall and East Texas Railroad. Other lines thrived into the late twentieth century, with some railroads still being built as late as 1968. By the early 1970s many short-line railroads both in the Nacogdoches area and the country, including the Texas South-Eastern Railroad, went out of business. There were a few companies that perservered, like the Moscow, Camden and San Augustine Railroad. They stopped carrying passengers in 1973 but continued moving cargo.
Several locomotives from East Texas railroads and companies are still around today. Examples include the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity and Sabine Railway (see http://wbtsrailway.net/), the Angelina County Lumber Company locomotive at the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin, and the Shay Locomotive near the SFA College of Forestry. Even though they no longer serve their original purpose, these locomotives, they are a reminder of the important role railroads played in the development of East Texas.
Written by History graduate student Wil Carter, Summer 2019.
- Guide to the East Texas Railroads and Locomotives Collection