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Date: 06/21/22 14:33
6 of Missouri Pacific Power in Houston
Author: MartyBernard

1 and 2. Missouri Pacific GP7u 1750 built in 1950 seen in Sept. 1979 in Houston, TX at Tower 85, Karl Miller photo.

3. Missouri Pacific SD40 3078 built March 1971 as MP 778 and became NdeM SD40-2 13057 seen in Oct. 1979 at Tower 85 in Houston, TX, Karl Miller photo.

 



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Date: 06/21/22 14:33
Re: 6 of Missouri Pacific Power in Houston
Author: MartyBernard

4. Missouri Pacific SD40-2 3114 built as MP 814 in Sept. 1973 seen in Sept. 1979 in Houston, TX, Karl Miller photo.

5. Missouri Pacific SD40-2 3187 built Mar. 1975 seen in Sept. 1979 in Houston, TX, Karl Miller photo.

6. Missouri Pacific SD40-2 3235 built Sept. 1976 seen in Sept. 1979 in Houston, TX, Karl Miller photo.



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Date: 06/21/22 15:13
Re: 6 of Missouri Pacific Power in Houston
Author: Roadmaster

This is really cool to see these photos.  I wish I knew enough to tell where all of them were taken, but I recognize/can figure out only some of them.  Photos #1 and #2 are of a train headed south on the Galveston, Houston and Henderson at Tower 85 (18 was in Fort Worth).  The train in photo #3 is southbound on the Houston, Belt and Terminal East Belt Sub at Tower 85 (like BN 6464 in another of your posts today).  I sure wish I knew where photo #5 was taken.*  Photo #6 was taken at a location that no longer exists, thanks to the rearrangement of tracks that took place in the late 1990's/early 2000's.  The train is northbound on the Houston Belt and Terminal West Belt Sub, and the street crossing the tracks is Ennis Street.  The station sign "TAP" marks where a train could leave the West Belt Sub and turn onto the old Houston Tap and Brazoria line which this train is already crossing.  It was also crossing the former San Antonio and Aransas Pass branch to Navigation and Englewood Yards just a little farther back; the West Belt Sub's crossing of these lines was controlled by Tower 84.

http://txrrhistory.com/towers/084/084.htm

On the left edge of the bottom map on the page for Tower 84 is where you'll find the Ennis Street crossing (of what is now the Columbia Tap Trail) just past the left end of the dotted green line.  "TAP" is where the dotted green and the trail curving onto the ROW of the Houston Tap and Brazoria converge.

*See newer post related to photo #5.

Matthew Dittert



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Date: 06/21/22 16:21
Re: 6 of Missouri Pacific Power in Houston
Author: Milwaukee

That is an odd sight to see the IC GP10 in company with the MP SD40 there in Houston.   Anyone know how to explain that power combo there in Houston?   



Date: 06/21/22 17:36
Re: 6 of Missouri Pacific Power in Houston
Author: Roadmaster

Milwaukee Wrote: "That is an odd sight to see the IC GP10 in company with the MP SD40 there in Houston."

I've seen something like that before.  Looking through pictures I've saved over the years, I find a photo George Hamlin posted on RP of two MP GP18's leading an IC GP10 at Huffsmith in April 1980.  Photo number is 225680.

Matthew Dittert



Date: 06/21/22 17:45
Re: 6 of Missouri Pacific Power in Houston
Author: Roadmaster

I just caught on that photo #4 has the same two locomotives as photo #6, so, since there are high voltage lines in the background, I am going to say that photo #4 was taken at the north end of New South Yard; the units are pointing north, which would take them to the location in photo #6.

Matthew Dittert



Date: 06/21/22 19:12
Re: 6 of Missouri Pacific Power in Houston
Author: Roadmaster

I have figured out by studying old aerial photography that photo #5 is taken at the same Ennis Street crossing of the Houston West Belt Sub as photo #6.  I found the spur track in the foreground in aerial photography and found that there was BOTH a crossover on the south side of the crossing AND another on the north side of the crossing, with switches for the west track on both adjacent to Ennis Street, which would explain the matching electric lock ground throw housings in both pictures.  MP 3187 and IC 8250 are headed south towards New South Yard.  That is probably MP 3235's northbound train on the other track.

Matthew Dittert



Date: 06/22/22 07:48
Re: 6 of Missouri Pacific Power in Houston
Author: tomstp

When someone mentions MP SD-40's and Ndem I remember when the MP leased a bunch of them to Ndem and when they were returned to Ft Worth the Ndem had stolen all kinds of parts offf them and a lot of glass was knocked out of them.   They were a sad looking bunch and i don't believe they ever saw service again.



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