This post shares what Fort Stockton looks like today, actually this month (June 2016). The Texas Pacifico has had a boom in business largely related to oilfield traffic (much of which is frac sand). Up until a few years ago, the TP mostly used ex-CNW and ex-UP patched locomotives and their sand business 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.
Gone are the patches and colorful billboard schemes. This is 2016 industrial, prosperous railroading! Not as interesting, but perhaps indicative of better profits.
A few years can make a BIG difference. Think about that next time you can’t decide whether to snap that photo. This all very recently was this…
Signing off from Fort Stockton. Happy trails!
(Note: A follow-up post will appear soon of more paint schemes B. Smith captured 2010-2012.)