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West Texas & Lubbock Dimmet Line Moose Trip 11/22/2010

Spomsored by the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum

by Chris Guenzler

We all met at 5:30 AM and Dave, Randy, Marie and I left the Super 8 and drove out to the Lubbock Airport. There we dropped Marie off for her flight back to Albuquerque. From there we drove out to Dimmet and got some snacks before we went to the FW&D Station to wait for our Moose Trip today. Dave and I would ride east and Randy wouldbe riding west. I would drive the car back to Dimmet after my ride this morning.

West Texas & Lubbock Dimmit Subdivision History

The Fort Worth and Denver South Plains Railway Company was chartered on March 6, 1925, to build from Estelline in Hall County to a point in Castro County, with a branch from Briscoe County to Lubbock County about 200 miles. The line came out of an attempt by the Fort Worth and Denver City to build branches into the lower Panhandle to handle the shipping of cotton. On November 20, 1928, the FW&DSP opened its 206 miles of track from Estelline through Sterley and Plainview to Dimmit and from Lubbock through Sterley to Silverton. The line was leased to the Fort Worth and Denver City for operations and merged into that company on June 13, 1952.

The Fort Worth and Denver City Railway Company {The Denver Road} was chartered by the Texas legislature on May 36, 1873. The company later changed its name to the Fort Worth and Denver Railway Company on August 7, 1951. The main line of the railroad ran from Fort Worth through Wichita Falls, Childress, Amarillo and Dalhart, to Texline, where it connected with the rails of parent company Colorado and Southern Railroad, which was a subsidiary of the CB&Q. In the Burlington Northern Denver Region Employees Timetable 3 dated April 29, 1984, this line was known as the 6th Subdivision and was listed as a branch line. It was assigned to the Fort Worth Division. The line was also known as the South Plains Subdivision.

The ex UP 1000 waits under the moon this morning.

Dimmet, Texas.

The FW&D Station in Dimmet, Texas.

HLCX 1000.

One more view of the FW&D Dimmet Station.

Our Moose Trip of the West Texas & Lubbock Dimmet Line.

The Moose is ready to be boarded. I sat on a chair in the rear of the Moose on this trip.

We headed west by the Dimmet Station.

We went by the HLCX 1000 as we headed as far west as we could go.

Backing west through Dimmet.

The Dimmet Wye.

The Moose ran west by Milepost 368.

Stop for 23 Seconds Sign.

Heading to the west end of track.

Coming to a private plant switch.

Ex Iowa Interstate 403 is the plant switcher here.

This is as far west as we could go. The Moose would now head towards Plainview.

One more view of the ex Iowa Interstate 403.

The Moose ran west by Milepost 368.

The Moose ran by the Dimmet FW&D Station.

Dimmet, Texas. The Moose headed into the first curve on the line.

This curve has welded rail.

View looking north.

Leaving Dimmet behind.

At Goodpasture is the Dimmet Sulphur Plant.

Dimmet End TWC Sign.

Different views along our route.

Trees are not common in West Texas.

A line side industry.

Milepost 359.

Another line side industry.

Sprinklers on all sides of our route.

Rolling east across West Texas.

A small bridge along our route.

Flat as far as you can see.

Another small bridge on our route.

More sprinklers.

Passing by more trees.

The Moose crossed Running Water Draw.

West Hart.

Hart, Texas.

The curve east of Hart.

Hilburn, Texas.

Our flag crew.

The Moose Chasers.

Two more views behind.

A cotton picker at work.

Someone lives here.

A Moose Chaser.

Flat as you can see.

Cows out in this field.

Still rolling east.

A great use of trees at this home.

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