Evolution on the rails, it’s often faster than we realize…

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2008 operations at Badger Mining in Rankin, TX–©photo by C.E. Hunt

I recently wrote on how quickly Fort Stockton, Texas has changed. (See post.)  Today’s post focuses on how quickly Rankin, Texas operations have changed since 2008.

In 2008, Rankin was the home of Badger Mining.

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Badger supplied frac sand to the oil field before the boom took off.  It was a medium-sized facility that had a LOT of character.  The manager always wanted to talk high school football.

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2008 operations at Badger Mining in Rankin, TX–©photo by C.E. Hunt

It was served by the Texas Pacifico.  Below are a few photos I took in 2008.  It was an impressive medium-sized operation.

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2008 operations at Badger Mining in Rankin, TX–©photo by C.E. Hunt

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BNSF 407057 at Badger Mining in Rankin, TX, July 14, 2008–©photo by C.E. Hunt

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Lot’s of ATSF (BNSF) action operations at Badger Mining in Rankin, TX July 14, 2008–©photo by C.E. Hunt

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Private cars at Badger Mining in Rankin, TX, July 14, 2008–©photo by C.E. Hunt

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Texas’ Big Sky Country, Badger Mining in Rankin, TX–©photo by C.E. Hunt

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I prefer the ATSF cars! Badger Mining in Rankin, TX, July 14, 2008–©photo by C.E. Hunt

The rolling stock was normally BNSF (or predecessor) or private road.

 

There was an interesting cable operation to shuttle the cars.

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Today the operation is gone.  Across the tracks sits a chemical company that receives drilling fluids by rail.

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July 2016 scene at the site of former Badger Mining in Rankin, TX–©photo by B. Smith

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July 2016 scene at the site of former Badger Mining in Rankin, TX. Note newer chemical company across the tracks. –©photo by B. Smith

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Chemical dealer in Rankin, TX–©photo by B. Smith

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Close-up of chemical dealer in Rankin, TX, July 2016–©photo by B. Smith

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Today, if you see a rail scene you like, capture it!  It can look a lot different the next time you are through there!

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2008 scene at the site of former Badger Mining in Rankin, TX–©photo by B. Smith

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2016 scene at the site of former Badger Mining in Rankin, TX–©photo by B. Smith

 

 

 

 

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