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

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CBFX 4006 Fort Stockton, Texas June 7 2016, bringing in about a 75 car train of frac sand –©photo by B. Smith

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.

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CIT 409 and cohorts, Fort Stockton, Texas June 7 2016 –©photo by B. Smith

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CIT 411 and cohorts, Fort Stockton, Texas June 7 2016 –©photo by B. Smith

Gone are the patches and colorful billboard schemes.  This is 2016 industrial, prosperous railroading!  Not as interesting, but perhaps indicative of better profits.

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CIT 1521 Fort Stockton, Texas June 17 2016 –©photo by B. Smith

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Fort Stockton, Texas June 17 2016 –©photo by B. Smith

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Fort Stockton, Texas June 17 2016 –©photo by B. Smith

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Fort Stockton, Texas June 17 2016 –©photo by B. Smith

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Fort Stockton, Texas June 17 2016 –©photo by B. Smith

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…

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Fort Stockton, Texas, about 2011 –©photo by B. Smith

Signing off from Fort Stockton.  Happy trails!

(Note:  A follow-up post will appear soon of more paint schemes B. Smith captured 2010-2012.)

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