Fort Stockton yesterday and today (and how quickly things change), Part I

This two-part series will share what Fort Stockton looks like today, actually this month, (June 2016) and what it looked like in the recent past.  The Texas Pacifico has had a boom in business largely related to oilfield traffic (much of which is frack sand).  Up until a few years ago, the TP mostly used ex-CNW and ex-UP patched locomotives and the sand businesses in Fort Stockton and other towns along the line, brought in covered hoppers of sand that offered a colorful array of road names and paint schemes.

Here are a few images B. Smith captured in Fort Stockton or nearby from 2010-2012

CEFX 409 –©photo by B. Smith

CEFX 409 –©photo by B. Smith

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CEFX 408 –©photo by B. Smith

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CSXT 228004 –©photo by B. Smith

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C&O 604876 –©photo by B. Smith

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CSXT 225929 –©photo by B. Smith

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WW 7561–©photo by B. Smith

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RCLX 169051 –©photo by B. Smith

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CNW 437080 –©photo by B. Smith (What a great paint scheme!)

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SP 490244 –©photo by B. Smith (A classic!)

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BN 438403 –©photo by B. Smith (Got to mix in a little of one of my favorite roads!)

Chessie Cov hop 2010 Ft Stockton

CSXT 228248 –©photo by B. Smith (One more CSX patch for good measure)

In part two of this series will share what Fort Stockton looks like today.  The difference is kind of stunning.

 

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