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Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company
Title: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Records
Inclusive Dates: 1889-1981
Bulk Dates: 1889-1930, 1965-1979
Abstract: The records of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF) consist of the records of the AT&SF and ten other railroads that became part of the AT&SF in Texas and Louisiana. The records cover the AT&SF primarily in Southeast Texas and Louisiana. Areas covered include: Beaumont to Port Bolivar, Beaumont to Silsbee, Galveston to Temple, Matagorda to Sealy, Sealy to Temple, Temple to Sterling City, Somerville to Silsbee, Silsbee to Longview, Silsbee to Oakdale, Louisiana. Other towns covered include Paint Rock, Miles, and Lampasas. The records range from 1889 through 1981. The range of dates is not continuous for all railroads. The bulk of the material is from 1889 to 1930 and from 1965 to 1979.
Identification: AR425
Extent: 7.17 linear ft.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company (AT&SF) was founded by Cyrus K. Holiday in Kansas in 1859. A line that reached from Kansas to California and from Kansas to the Gulf of Mexico was the vision of Holiday. The line stretched from Kansas City, Kansas, to Los Angeles by 1887. In 1888 the line to the West Coast from Chicago was completed. With the completion of this line attention was turned to Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. The desire to tap into the cotton and cattle markets in Texas combined with the promise of Texas as a market for Kansas wheat led the Santa Fe to seek an entry into markets in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.

To acquire the much-desired connection to the Gulf of Mexico, the Santa Fe sought to purchase a Texas line that had a connection to the Gulf. In 1886 the Santa Fe purchased the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company (GC&SF). The GC&SF originated in Galveston and reached Lampasas, Fort Worth, and Dallas, with branches extending to Houston and Conroe. Part of the purchase agreement was that the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe would build track toward each other and meet at Purcell, Indian Territory.

Texas law at the time of this purchase required that all railroads operating in Texas have their headquarters in Texas. The principal officers, but not the president, were required to reside in Texas. As a result of this law, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe was operated as a subsidiary of the AT&SF with its headquarters in Galveston. As the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe strengthened its hold on Southeast Texas by the purchase of additional railroads, these railroads were leased to the GC&SF who operated them as subsidiaries. The law that required Texas railroads to have their headquarters in Texas would not be changed until 1965. With this change in the law all of the lines that the AT&SF acquired and operated through the GC&SF became part of the AT&SF and lost their former identities

The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company was chartered on May 28, 1873, to construct a railroad north from Galveston bypassing Houston. The citizens of Galveston largely subscribed the funding. Construction began on May 1, 1875. By 1879 the railroad had extended the line only sixty-three miles to Richmond. Suffering from financial strain due to the inability to purchase equipment and light traffic, the railroad was sold at foreclosure for $20,000 to George Sealy, the original treasurer. Sealy and his associates reorganized the railroad under the original charter and a vigorous building program was undertaken.

By 1885 the GC&SF was operating seven hundred miles of track, but was largely dependent on local traffic. Such a situation failed to make the line financially strong. It was at this time that the AT&SF was seeking a connection to the Gulf of Mexico. George Sealy was aware of this and felt he could convince William B. Strong, president of the AT&SF, to purchase the GC&SF for a price that would be agreeable to the stockholders of the GC&SF. In March of 1886 an agreement was reached between the two railroads. In addition to the joining of the two lines at Purcell, Indian Territory, the GC&SF was to construct a line from Dallas to Paris and one from Cleburne to Weatherford.

While the GC&SF was a subsidiary of the AT&SF, it was operated as a separate organization due to the previously mentioned Texas law. As the AT&SF acquired more railroads in Texas to strengthen its hold in Texas markets, they were leased to the GC&SF to operate. These railroads, while part of the GC&SF for all intents and purposes, were operated as separate companies retaining their original names.

Some of these railroads were the Beaumont Wharf and Terminal Company; Cane Belt Railroad; Concho, San Saba, and Llano Valley Railroad; Gulf and Interstate Railway; Gulf, Beaumont and Great Northern Railroad; Gulf, Beaumont, and Kansas City Railway; Jasper and Eastern Railroad; Port Bolivar Iron Ore Railroad; and Texas and Gulf Railway. On August 1, 1965, Texas law was changed and the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe was merged into the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. These railroads and their records as well as those of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway comprise this collection.

The Beaumont Wharf and Terminal Company was incorporated on March 26, 1897, by John H. Kirby and others to build wharves on the Neches River with tracks connecting them with outside rail lines. It was later owned by the AT&SF and connected with city tracks at the Port of Beaumont. By 1935 it had a four-mile belt railway at Beaumont and terminal trackage. On June 30, 1957, it was merged into the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company.

The Cane Belt Railroad was chartered on March 10, 1898. The Cane Belt was needed to move large amounts of sugarcane and other agricultural products to market. The railroad ran from Lakeside to Bonus, where railroad president, William Dunovant, had a large plantation. By 1903 the railroad extended north to Sealy and south to Matagorda and Wharton. In 1931 a line was built connecting the old Cane Belt at Lane City to the GC&SF at Thompsons. On November 11, 1903, the Cane Belt was sold to the AT&SF who operated it as an independent road until April 11, 1905, when the Texas Legislature passed an act that allowed it to sell or lease the line to the GC&SF. On July 1, 1905, the Cane Belt was leased to the GC&SF and operated as such until December 1948, when it was merged into the GC&SF.

Chartered on April 2, 1909, the Concho, San Saba and Llano Valley Railroad (CSS&LV) consisted of two disconnected segments that connected with the GC&SF. Between April and December 1909, the line between Miles and Paint Rock was constructed. The San Angelo to Sterling City segment was constructed between August 1909 and 1910. The AT&SF, who purchased the CSS&LV in 1910, financed the construction. The CSS&LV was leased to the GC&SF in 1914. The Miles to Paint Rock segment was abandoned April 1937. The remainder of the CSS&LV was merged into the GC&SF in December 1948. The San Angelo-Sterling City segment was abandoned in 1959.

The Gulf and Interstate Railway Company (G&I) was chartered on May 19, 1894. Originally it was planned to run from Port Bolivar to the Southern Pacific line in Liberty County, however, arrangements fell through and the destination was changed to the Red River in either Fannin or Grayson County. Along with the change in route was a change in the name of the railroad to Gulf and Interstate Railway Company of Texas. The line consisted of only seventy miles of track that ran from Port Bolivar to Beaumont. The line was completed in 1896.

In 1898 L. P. Featherstone and Fox Winnie, the contractors of the G&I, acquired the line. They had a plan to develop Port Bolivar as a port. In conjunction with the AT&SF the Santa Fe Dock and Channel Company was formed to build docks and track at Port Bolivar. This system of tracks and docks were sold to the G&I in 1926. The Gulf and Interstate was the only railroad in Texas to operate a ferry. Freight and passenger trains between Port Bolivar and Galveston were carried by this ferry. Portions of the G&I were destroyed by hurricanes in 1900, 1909, and 1915. The AT&SF acquired the Gulf and Interstate on January 17, 1908. The line was leased to the GC&SF on July 1, 1914. The Port Bolivar to High Island line was abandoned in 1942, another four miles on High Island was abandoned in 1968. The AT&SF absorbed the Beaumont to Stonewall line November 14, 1994.

The Gulf, Beaumont and Great Northern Railroad was chartered July 30, 1898. The line was envisioned to run from the area near Sabine Pass in Jefferson County to Paris in Lamar County. The AT&SF provided the funding to build this line. Only seventy-eight miles were completed. The line began at Roganville, the northern terminus of the Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City, and extended to Center. On March 20, 1903, the line was acquired by the AT&SF and leased and operated by the GC&SF beginning on December 1, 1903. The GC&SF also operated under lease the Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City and the Texas and Gulf. These three railroads provided a direct line from Beaumont to Longview.

The Gulf, Beaumont, and Kansas City Railway Company was charted on March 31, 1893. The line was founded as a venture by John H. Kirby to tap his vast timber interests in East Texas. The line ran between Beaumont and Roganville. In 1899 Kirby was in need of money for his lumber operations and no longer needed the railroad. The AT&SF had money and needed the lumber business. The AT&SF purchased the railroad from Kirby. The AT&SF also agreed to purchase its lumber from Kirby's mills. The line was leased to the GC&SF on December 1, 1903, and merged into the GC&SF in 1948.

The AT&SF chartered the Jasper and Eastern Railroad on November 11, 1904. The line ran from Kirbyville on the GB&KC to Oakdale, Louisiana. The line was leased to the GC&SF on August 1, 1906. In 1948 the GC&SF purchased the line and merged it into the GC&SF.

The Port Bolivar Iron Ore Railroad was chartered December 14, 1910. L. P. Featherstone and Fox Winnie, who owned the Gulf and Interstate, were the principal owners of the Port Bolivar Iron Ore Railroad. The line was to connect Longview with the area near Hughes Springs in Cass County. This area was rich in iron ore. The railroad was to transport the ore to Longview where it connected with the Gulf and Interstate Railway. From Longview the ore traveled to Port Bolivar, then by ship to Philadelphia. The line was to have been fifty miles long, but only thirty miles between Longview and Ero were built. On July 1, 1914, the GC&SF leased the line for a five-year period. World War I halted extension of the line, and it was abandoned in 1927.

The Texas and Gulf Railway was chartered September 14, 1904. The Texas and Gulf had five predecessor companies. The railroad constructed a line between Timpson and Grigsby from 1905 to 1907. The Gary to Center segment was constructed between 1907 and 1909. The Texas and Gulf was acquired by the AT&SF April 1, 1906, and leased to the GC&SF. The Texas and Gulf was merged into the GC&SF in 1948.

Sources:


  • Bryant, Keith L. Jr. History of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. University of Nebraska Press. Lincoln. 1974.
  • Marshall, James. Santa Fe the Railroad that Built an Empire. Random House. New York. 1945.
  • Osborn, William S. ""A History of the Cane Belt Branch of the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway Company." "Southwestern Historical Quarterly 101 (January 1998) : 302-319.
  • Reed, S. G. (St. Clair Griffin) A History of the Texas Railroad and of Transportation Conditions under Spain and Mexico and the Republic and the State. St. Clair Publishing Co. Houston. 1941.
  • The Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/ [Accessed April 14, 2000].
  • Zatlotch, Charles P. Texas Railroads: A Record of Construction and Abandonment, Bureau of Business Research, University of Texas at Austin: Texas State Historical Association. Austin. c. 1981.

Scope and Contents

The records of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF) consist of the records of the AT&SF and ten other railroads that became part of the AT&SF in Texas and Louisiana. The records cover the AT&SF primarily in Southeast Texas and Louisiana. Areas covered include: Beaumont to Port Bolivar, Beaumont to Silsbee, Galveston to Temple, Matagorda to Sealy, Sealy to Temple, Temple to Sterling City, Somerville to Silsbee, Silsbee to Longview, Silsbee to Oakdale, Louisiana. Other towns covered include Paint Rock, Miles, and Lampasas. The records range from 1889 through 1981. The range of dates is not continuous for all railroads. The bulk of the material is from 1889 to 1930 and from 1965 to 1979.

The records are contained in fifteen manuscript boxes, three oversize boxes, and space in Garrett Bay D, GO 35/3. The materials include Interstate Commerce Commission, Division of Valuation Notes; fieldwork books, chaining notes, transit books, valuation chaining notes, valuation summaries, bridge inspection books, mainline books, relocation notes, encroachments and landlines, construction diaries, crushed stone and shell loading log, side track records, and two blueprints.

The records are divided into twelve series: Beaumont Wharf and Terminal; Cane Belt; Concho, San Saba and Llano Valley Railroad; Gulf and Interstate; Gulf, Beaumont and Great Northern; Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City; Jasper and Eastern; Port Bolivar Iron Ore Railroad; Texas and Gulf; Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway; Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway; and an oversize series.

The first series is the Beaumont Wharf and Terminal Company. The series consists of Interstate Commerce Commission Division of Valuation Complete Notes and a fieldwork book. The valuation notes contain a brief history of the line, a map of the entire line with details of sections of the line, and an inventory.

The second series is the Cane Belt Railroad. This series consists of chaining notes, which contain drawings of track and trackside structures and plats of towns; fieldwork books contain information on encroachments, with names of property owners, drainage levels, station surveys, and other work along the railroad. Bridge inspection books list bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and condition of the bridge.

The third series is the Concho, San Saba and Llano Valley Railroad. The series is composed of two chaining notebooks. One for each of the two disconnected sections that composed the railroad. The books contain drawings of track and trackside structures.

The fourth series is the Gulf and Interstate Railway. The series is composed of valuation summaries, sidetrack records, Details of buildings north of Bolivar, telephone line record, highway crossing record, bridge inspection books, and an index to field books. The valuation summary contains drawings of track, trackside structures, and a detailed list of railroad property mile by mile. The summary includes number of ties, weight of rail, number and size of fence posts and gauge of wire; telephone poles with number of wires. The side track record contains details of sidetracks. Details of buildings north of Bolivar contain detailed three-view drawings of buildings and the current and previous location of the buildings on the line. This book would be very helpful for anyone researching the architecture of the railroad's buildings. The telephone line record contains details of telephone lines along the right-of-way, while the highway crossing record details the crossings along the railroad. The bridge inspection books list bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and the condition of repair of the bridge. The index to fieldbooks indexes various work on the railroad to the field book that contains a record of the work. However none of the books in the series appear to be listed in this index.

The fifth series is the Gulf, Beaumont and Great Northern Railroad. The series consists of chaining notes, valuation chaining notes, and fieldwork books. The chaining notes contain track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures. The valuation chaining notes are similar to chaining notes with the exception that an itemized list, by mile, of all railroad property is included. Fieldwork books contain track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures at various points.

The sixth series is the Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City Railway. The series is composed of preliminary transit books from 1891, 1893-1894. These are possibly the original survey books of the railroad. While there are no drawings of track or trackside structures, they do illustrate the terrain (types of trees, hills, and swamps) and features such as roads, creeks, and rivers. These books are an excellent source of information for those researching the geography of the land. The series also includes chaining notes, valuation chaining notes, fieldwork books, and an iron pipes book. The chaining notes, valuation chaining notes, and fieldwork book are similar to those described in the other series. The iron pipes book contains information on pipes that cross under tracks at various locations.

The seventh series is the Jasper and Eastern Railroad. The series is composed of valuation chaining notes, fieldwork books, and bridge inspection books. The valuation chaining notes contain a listing by mile of railroad property, track diagrams, and drawings of trackside structures. The fieldwork books contain track diagrams and drawings of various trackside structures. Bridge inspection books list bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and state of its repair.

The eighth series is the Port Bolivar Iron Ore Railroad. The series consists of one chaining notes book from 1916. The book contains track diagrams and drawings of various trackside structures.

The ninth series is the Texas and Gulf Railway. The series contains a resurvey book, relocation notes, chaining notes, encroachments and landlines; drainage areas, Texas and Gulf buildings book, and bridge inspection books. The resurvey book is book number one of a 1910 resurvey of the railroad, relocation notes contain information on the changing of locations on the railroad, and chaining notes have track diagrams and drawings of various trackside structures. The encroachment and landlines book contains plats of encroachments on railroad property with the property owners' name, track diagrams and drawings of various trackside structures. The drainage area book contains drawings of areas of drainage, usually around bridges. The building book contains drawings of buildings with a bill of materials for each of the buildings featured. Bridge inspection books list bridges by milepost, the type of bridge, and state of repair.

The tenth series is the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway. The series consists of chaining notes, federal valuation notes, valuation department books, mainline books, fieldwork books, maintenance of way books, bridge numbering book, and bridge inspection books. The chaining notes contain track diagrams and drawings of various trackside structures; federal valuation notes and valuation department books contain track diagrams, drawings of trackside structures, and a detailed inventory of railroad property per mile. The mainline books are similar to fieldwork books but pertain to the mainline only. These books contain track diagrams and drawings of various trackside structures. The maintenance of way books contain drawings of various work projects, track diagrams, and drawings of trackside structures. The bridge numbering book lists old and new bridge numbers by location and milepost and type of bridge. The bridge inspection books give location by milepost, type of bridge, and state of repair.

The eleventh series is the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The series contains fieldwork books and construction diaries. The fieldwork books contain drawings of various railroad projects. The projects include resurfacing programs, grades, curves, bridge profiles, track inventories, and pre-inventories. The construction diaries detail the construction of a hopper washer in Temple, a new timber treating plant at Somerville, the TOFC (Trailers on Flatcars) facility in Houston, and mechanical facilities at Silsbee.

The twelfth series is the oversize series. This series contains a crushed stone and shell loading log, side track records, and two blueprints. The loading log lists crushed stone and shell loads by car number from 1938 to 1948. The side track records contain no drawings, but describe the track by track number, weight of the rail, and frog numbers for turnouts. The blueprints are for a bridge and its ravine section.


 

Organization

The arranger imposed the order. The series are arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the railroad, with the exception of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, whose records have been placed at the end of the collection. It was believed that the smaller, lesser known railroads would be of greater interest to the researcher. This arrangement also allows one to see how the railroads came together to form the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe, and its parent company, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. An arbitrary date of 1965 was used to classify records as those of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. This date was chosen because this is when Texas law was changed. The result of this new law was that the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe was fully merged into the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe.
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Records are organized into twelve series:
Series I. Beaumont Wharf and Terminal Company, 1909-1917 (0.13 linear ft. (2 folders))
Series II. Cane Belt Railroad, 1907-1930, bulk 1907-1922 (0.38 linear ft. (7 folders))
Series III. Concho, San Saba and Llano Valley Railroad Company, 1910 (0.07 linear ft. (1 folder))
Series IV. Gulf and Interstate Railway, ca. 1909-1933, bulk 1914-1916 (0.38 linear ft. (8 folders))
Series V. Gulf, Beaumont and Great Northern, 1905-1921, bulk 1916-1921 (0.18 linear ft. (3 folders))
Series VI. Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City, 1891-1916, bulk 1911-1916 (0.40 linear ft. (7 folders))
Series VII. Jasper and Eastern Railroad, 1906-1947 (0.26 linear ft. (4 folders))
Series VIII. Port Bolivar Iron Ore Railroad, 1916 (0.07 linear ft. (1 folder, 1 item))
Series IX. Texas and Gulf Railway, 1907-1937, bulk 1910-1916 (0.47 linear ft. (1 box, 1 folder))
Series X. Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway, 1889-1963, bulk 1904-1930 (2.5 linear ft. (4 boxes, 10 folders))
Series XI. Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, 1965-1981, bulk 1965-1975 (1.82 linear ft. (3 boxes, 9 folders))
Series XII. Oversize, 1938-1948, 1972-1979 (0.94 linear ft. (3 oversize boxes, 1 folder))

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Organizations
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company--Records and correspondence.
Beaumont Wharf and Terminal Company.
Cane Belt Railroad.
Concho, San Saba and Llano Valley Railroad.
Gulf and Interstate Railway.
Gulf, Beaumont and Great Northern Railroad.
Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City Railway.
Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad.
Jasper and Eastern Railroad.
Port Bolivar Iron Ore Railroad.
Texas and Gulf Railway.
Subjects
Railroads--Texas--Design and construction.
Railroad companies--Texas.
Railroads--Texas--Maintenance and repair.
Railroads--Track Drawings.
Railroads--Valuation.
Transportation--Texas.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Related Material

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission in Austin has the annual reports of the various railroads that make up the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Records. The Rosenberg Library in Galveston, Texas, has records of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company. The Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka, Kansas, has records of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company.


Separated Material

The following material was deaccessioned from the records:

  • Authority Numbers, Beaumont Division, Form 1576, Book CLII.
  • Government Datum, Sealy to Rosenberg, Bench Marks, 1915.
  • [Grading Notes], AT&SF Ry. Co. System, 1960.
  • [Notebook], Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, n.d.
  • Order List, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, 1956.
  • Track Levels: Main Line, S. A. & A. P. Crossing to M.P. #159.
  • Southern Division, Bellville to Temple.
  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, ca. 1930s.

Other material deaccessioned includes four black and white Polaroid photographs of an unidentified grade crossing, and various notes, sketches, pamphlets, and ephemera deemed of no historical value.


Administrative Information

Provenance

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Records were found by Sid Cavanaugh of Professional Polish, Inc. in the vacant Santa Fe freight depot at 1401 Jones Street, Fort Worth, Texas. The Santa Fe hired Professional Polish, Inc. to clean the depot and dispose of its contents. All records and memorabilia were deemed "trash" by the railroad. Anyone desiring the records was welcome to have them. Mr. Cavanaugh presented the records to Mrs. Dee Barker of the Tarrant County Historical Commission. The records were presented directly to Mrs. Barker and not the Historical Commission. Since the records fell outside of the collecting policy of the Tarrant County Historical Commission, she offered the records to UTA's Special Collections Division. The records were received on August 8, 1990, and acknowledged by Dr. Gerald Saxon on August 21, 1990. Marcelle Hull accessioned the records.

Citation

Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Records, AR425, Box Number, Folder Number, The University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections.

Acquisition

Gift; 1990.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Gary N. Spurr, April 2000.


 Note to the Researcher 

The condition of the books varies. Many of the books from the late-1800s and early-1900s exhibit foxing, worm holes, water damage and the paper is becoming brittle. Some of these earlier volumes have covers that have become detached. These books should be handled with care as they are quite fragile. Many of the books from the 1960s and 1970s have both covers detached and the binding is coming apart. These should also be handled with care. The two blueprints have been encapsulated.


 Appendices List 

  • Map of Santa Fe Lines, Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana
  • Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway timetables

The above items are from The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway System Timetables, October 1, 1927 from the Gary Spurr Collection.


Container List

 

Series I. Beaumont Wharf and Terminal Company, 1909-1917
0.13 linear ft. (2 folders)

Arranged by document type in chronological order. Material includes Interstate Commerce Commission, Division of Valuation notes and a fieldwork book.
Box Folder
1 1 Interstate Commerce Commission, Division of Valuation. Complete Notes Beaumont Wharf & Terminal Co., Beaumont, Texas, May 1917
Contains a brief history of the line, a map of the line with details of sections and an inventory.
2 Fieldwork Book, 1909-1910
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures.



 

Series II. Cane Belt Railroad, 1907-1930, bulk 1907-1922
0.38 linear ft. (7 folders)

Arranged by document type in chronological order. Material includes chaining notes, fieldwork books, and bridge inspection books.
Box Folder
1 3 Chaining Notes, 1915
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures.
4 Fieldwork Books, 1907-1910
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures. Book 17 has station survey of Lakeside and Lane City. Book 19 has station survey of Garwood.
5 Fieldwork Books, 1910-1911, 1913
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures. Book 21 has Bonus Loop encroachments with property owners' name, buildings at Sealy for insurance purposes. Book 31 has details of Eagle Lake depot and yard. Book 57 has station survey of Lakeside.
6 Fieldwork Books, 1914-1915
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures. Book 72 has Bonus Loop encroachments with property owners' name. Book 77 has Bonus Loop encroachments with property owners' name and crops grown.
7 Fieldwork Books, 1916-1917, 1920-1922
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures. Book 89 has station survey of Wharton. Book 130 has station survey of Wadsworth.
8 Fieldwork Books, 1921-1922, 1930
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures.
Box Folder
2 1 Bridge Inspection Books, 1919, 1928
Lists bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and condition of the bridge.



 

Series III. Concho, San Saba and Llano Valley Railroad Company, 1910
0.07 linear ft. (1 folder)

Arranged chronologically. Material includes chaining notes.
Box Folder
2 2 Chaining Notes, 1910
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures.



 


Series IV. Gulf and Interstate Railway, ca. 1909-1933, bulk 1914-1916
0.38 linear ft. (8 folders)

Arranged by document type in chronological order. Material includes chaining notes, valuation summaries, side track records, detail of buildings book, telephone line and highway crossing records book, bridge inspection books, and an undated index to field books.
Box Folder
2 3 Chaining Notes, ca. 1916
Contains details of track but has no drawings.
4 Valuation Summaries, 1914
Contains track diagrams, drawings of trackside structures and a detailed inventory of railroad property by mile.
5 Side Track Record, 1914
Contains details and drawings of side tracks along the railroad. There is also a letter concerning storm damage to the railroad from a storm.
6 Details of Buildings North of Bolivar, 1914
Contains detailed drawings of buildings with their previous and current location on the railroad.
7 Telephone Line Record, 1914
Contains details and drawings of telephone lines along the railroad.
8 Highway Crossing Record, 1914
Contains details and drawings of crossings along the railroad.
9 Bridge Inspection Books, 1914, 1931-1933
Lists bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and condition of the bridge.
Box Folder
3 1 Index to Field Books, ca. 1909
Contains an index to various fieldwork books, by project, however, none appear to be in these records.



 

Series V. Gulf, Beaumont and Great Northern Railroad, 1905-1921, bulk 1916-1921
0.18 linear ft. (3 folders)

Arranged by document type in chronological order. Material includes chaining notes, valuation chaining notes, and fieldwork book.
Box Folder
3 2 Chaining Notes, 1905
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures.
3 Valuation Chaining Notes, 1916
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures. A detailed inventory by mile is also included.
4 Fieldwork Book, 1918-1921
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures. Contains a drawing of the San Augustine yard.



 

Series VI. Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City Railway, 1891-1916, bulk 1911-1916
0.40 linear ft. (7 folders)

Arranged by document type in chronological order. Material includes transit books, chaining notes, valuation chaining notes, iron pipes book, and fieldwork books.
Box Folder
3 5 Transit Books, 1891, 1893
Contains preliminary survey drawings of the future route of the railroad.
6 Transit Books, 1894
Contains preliminary survey drawings of the future route of the railroad.
7 Chaining Notes, 1914
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures.
8 Valuation Chaining Notes, 1916
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures.
9 Iron Pipes Book, 1902
Contains drawings of pipes that pass under tracks at various locations.
Box Folder
4 1 Fieldwork Books, 1902, 1904, 1912
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures. Book B-b has drawings of Kirbyville mill tracks. Book 20 has drawing of Waterman depot.
2 Fieldwork Books, 1907, 1911
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures. Book CII has drawings of Lone Star Lumber Company.



 

Series VII. Jasper and Eastern Railroad, 1906-1947
0.26 linear ft. (4 folders)

Arranged by document type in chronological order. Material includes valuation chaining notes, fieldwork books, and bridge inspection books.
Box Folder
4 3 Valuation Chaining Notes, 1916
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures. Includes a detailed inventory by mile.
4 Fieldwork Book, 1906
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures.
5 Bridge Inspection Books, 1931-1937
Lists bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and condition of the bridge.
6 Bridge Inspection Book, 1938-1947
Lists bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and condition of the bridge.



 

Series VIII. Port Bolivar Iron Ore Railroad, 1916
0.07 linear ft. (1 folder, 1 item)

Material includes one chaining notebook.
Box Folder
4 7 Chaining Notes, 1916
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures.



 

Series IX. Texas and Gulf Railway, 1907-1937, bulk 1910-1916
0.47 linear ft. (1 box, 1 folder)

Arranged by document type in chronological order. Material includes resurvey notes, relocation notes, chaining notes, encroachments and land lines book, building book, drainage area, and bridge inspection books.
Box Folder
5 1 Resurvey, 1910
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures and encroachments.
2 Relocation Notes, 1910
Contains information on the changing of locations on the railroad.
3 Relocation Notes, 1910
Contains information on the changing of locations on the railroad.
4 Chaining Notes, 1916
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures.
5 Encroachments and Land Lines, 1910
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures and plats of encroachments with property owners' names.
6 Texas and Gulf Buildings, 1915
Contains drawings of buildings with bill of materials.
7 Drainage Areas, 1907, 1910
Contains drawings of drainage areas around bridges.
8 Drainage Areas, 1911
Contains drawings of drainage areas around bridges.
Box Folder
6 1 Bridge Inspection Book, 1934-1937
Lists bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and condition of the bridge.



 

Series X. Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway, 1889-1963, bulk 1904-1930
2.5 linear ft. (4 boxes, 10 folders)

Arranged by document type in chronological order. Material includes chaining notes, federal valuation notes, valuation department books, mainline books, fieldwork books, maintenance of way books, bridge numbering book, and bridge inspection books.
Box Folder
6 2 Chaining Notes, 1889, 1900
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures. The 1889 book is referenced in 1915-1916 Federal Valuation book in folder 5 of this box.
3 Chaining Notes, 1903-1904, 1906, 1916
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures.
4 Chaining Notes, ca. 1940s
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures.
5 Federal Valuation Notes, 1915-1916
Contains track diagrams and drawings of trackside structures. Includes a detailed inventory by mile of railroad property. The 1889 Chaining Notes referenced in the 1915-1916 Federal Valuation book are in folder 2 of this box. The 1916 M. P. 50 to M. P. 64 Federal Valuation book contains details and drawings of an interlocking tower and station contents.
6 Valuation Department Books, 1916
Contains track diagrams, drawings of trackside structures, and a detailed inventory.
7 Valuation Department Books, 1916, 1951
Contains track diagrams, drawings of trackside structures, and a detailed inventory by mile.
Box Folder
7 1 Mainline Books, 1912-1914
Contains track diagrams, drawings of trackside structures. Book 51 contains a major station survey of Rosenberg. Book 53 has drawings of the Bellville depot.
2 Mainline Books, 1914, 1916
Contains track diagrams, drawings of trackside structures. Book 86 contains a large section on the Bellville yards.
3 Mainline Books, 1914, 1929-1930
Contains track diagrams, drawings of trackside structures.
4 Mainline Books, 1930
Contains track diagrams, drawings of trackside structures.
5 Mainline Books, 1930
Contains track diagrams, drawings of trackside structures. Book No. 22 contains details of Tower 161 at Arcola, Texas.
6 Mainline Book, 1930
Contains track diagrams, drawings of trackside structures.
7 Fieldwork Books, 1905, 1907
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad. Book 9 contains excellent drawings of the tracks in Galveston. Book CXX contains town plats for Fostoria, Texas.
8 Fieldwork Books, 1907-1909
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
9 Fieldwork Books, 1909-1910
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
Box Folder
8 1 Fieldwork Books, 1911-1913
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad. Causeway 3 book contains details of the causeway to Galveston, Texas.
2 Fieldwork Books, 1912-1915
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad. Book 52 contains March 26, 1914, flood damage information.
3 Fieldwork Books, 1915-1916
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
4 Fieldwork Books, 1916-1917
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
5 Fieldwork Books, 1917-1919
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
6 Fieldwork Books, 1919-1920
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
7 Fieldwork Books, 1921-1933
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad. Book Wood G-1 contains drawings of bridges.
8 Fieldwork Books, 1946, 1949
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad. Book 1949 contains floor plan of the Brownwood depot.
Box Folder
9 1 Fieldwork Books, 1961, 1963
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
2 Maintenance of Way Books, 1904-1905
Contains drawings of various projects, track diagrams, and drawings of trackside structures.
3 Maintenance of Way Books, 1905-1907
Contains drawings of various projects, track diagrams, and drawings of trackside structures.
4 Maintenance of Way Books, 1907
Contains drawings of various projects, track diagrams, and drawings of trackside structures. Book CIV contains drawings of Silsbee depot, Harvey Lunchroom, Conroe roundhouse, and Montgomery station survey.
5 Maintenance of Way Books, 1907-1908, 1910
Contains drawings of various projects, track diagrams, and drawings of trackside structures.
6 Maintenance of Way Books, 1911-1912
Contains drawings of various projects, track diagrams, and drawings of trackside structures.
7 Maintenance of Way Books, 1912, 1918-1919
Contains drawings of various projects, track diagrams, and drawings of trackside structures. Book 81 contains drawings of Port Bolivar oil facilities and Mexican type bunkhouse.
Box Folder
10 1 Bridge Numbering Book, 1910
Lists location of bridge by milepost, old and new bridge number, and type of bridge.
2 Bridge Inspection Books, 1912-1916
Lists bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and condition of the bridge.
3 Bridge Inspection Books, 1913, 1917
Lists bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and condition of the bridge.
4 Bridge Inspection Books, 1918
Lists bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and condition of the bridge.
5 Bridge Inspection Books, 1920-1921
Lists bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and condition of the bridge.
6 Bridge Inspection Books, 1925, 1927
Lists bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and condition of the bridge.
7 Bridge Inspection Books, 1938-1946
Lists bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and condition of the bridge.
Box Folder
11 1 Bridge Inspection Books, 1946, 1955-1956
Lists bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and condition of the bridge.
2 Bridge Inspection Books, 1955-1957
Lists bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and condition of the bridge.
3 Bridge Inspection Books, 1957
Lists bridges by milepost, type of bridge, and condition of the bridge.



 

Series XI. Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, 1965-1981, bulk 1965-1975
1.82 linear ft. (3 boxes, 9 folders)

Arranged by document type in chronological order. Material includes fieldwork books and construction diaries.
Box Folder
11 4 Fieldwork Books, 1965-1966
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
5 Fieldwork Books, 1966
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
6 Fieldwork Books, 1966
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
7 Fieldwork Books, 1966-1967
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
Box Folder
12 1 Books, 1967
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
2 Fieldwork Books, 1967-1969
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
3 Fieldwork Books, 1968
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
4 Fieldwork Books, 1968
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
5 Fieldwork Books, 1968
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
6 Fieldwork Books, 1969
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
7 Fieldwork Books, 1969
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
Box Folder
13 1 Fieldwork Books, 1969
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
2 Fieldwork Books, 1969
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
3 Fieldwork Books, 1969-1970
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
4 Fieldwork Books, 1970
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
5 Fieldwork Books, 1970-1971
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
6 Fieldwork Books, 1971
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
7 Fieldwork Books, 1971
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
Box Folder
14 1 Fieldwork Books, 1971-1972
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
2 Fieldwork Books, 1972
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
3 Fieldwork Books, 1972
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
4 Fieldwork Books, 1972-1973
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
5 Fieldwork Books, 1973
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
6 Blueprints in GO 35/3 removed from Book 4-1973.
7 Fieldwork Books, 1973-1974
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
8 Fieldwork Books, 1974-1975
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
Box Folder
15 1 Fieldwork Books, 1975
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
2 Fieldwork Books, 1975
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
3 Fieldwork Books, 1975
Contains drawings of various projects along the railroad.
4 Construction Diaries, 1971-1974
Contain daily details of facility construction and drawings.
5 Construction Diary, 1981
Contain daily details of facility construction and drawings.



 

Series XII. Oversize, 1938-1948, 1972-1979
0.94 linear ft. (3 oversize boxes, 1 folder)

Arranged by document type in chronological order. Materials include crushed stone and shell loading log by car number, sidetrack books, and blueprints of bridge and ravine section and crossing plan for the bridge.
Box
OS349 Loading Log, 1938-1948
Records crushed rock and shell loads by car number for the Galveston District.
Box
OS350 Side Track Records, 1972, 1974, 1976
Contains description of tracks, such as weight of rail and frog numbers of turnouts.
Box
OS351 Side Track Records, 1977-1979
Contains description of tracks, such as weight of rail and frog numbers of turnouts.
Box
GO 35/3 Blueprints, 1972
Plan and ravine section of Bridge 66.0, Longview District, Southern Division.