There was during the 1970 and 80s a lot of commerce on the south end of the line. These photos were taken between 1977 and 1980 south of the quarry towards Saragosa and a few at the end of the line in Balmorhea.
Now to the end of the line at Balmorhea, a small town created when an irrigation project allowed area dry lands to be irrigated. The irrigation got too expensive when natural gas prices increased. Now it is home to a nice State Park which features a huge, historic swimming pool.
The Pecos Valley Southern is still a going concern in 2014. Much of the line to the south has been abandoned or sits dormant, but these photos remind us of what was once there. Oil, aggregates and cattle feed keep the PVS hopping today. Check it out if you find yourself near Pecos, Texas. Don’t forget Balmorhea as well. It has an “ice” cold swimming pool and some pretty good Mexican food at the Cueva de Oso.
Above represents West Texas railroading to a “t” in the 1970s–one boxcar here, a covered hopper or two there, a gondola here, etc. It featured a lot of one or two car shipments. We will see more of that as we venture further south in the next post.
South of Pecos sits a quarry which has been at various times a very important source of traffic for the railroad. Below are images our photographer captured around the quarry in the late 1970s. It remains today today but has changed sides of the highway since these photos.