Let’s venture south to finish our visit to Pecos.
PVS #7 south of Pecos, TX ©B. Smith photo
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.
Bagged manure was loaded here. ©B. Smith photo
Fertilizer dealer south of Pecos. ©B. Smith photo
Tank cars from the cotton oil plant just a bit north of the quarry. ©B. Smith photo
Tank cars at cotton oil mill in Pecos. ©B. Smith photo
Loaded Missouri Pacific gondola by PVS station at Saragosa, TX ©B. Smith photo
View from loaded MP gondola departing PVS station at Saragosa, TX. Davis Mountains are in the distance. ©B. Smith photo
Feed distributor served by PVS, also end of the line ©B. Smith photo
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.
PVS station in Balmorhea. Photos taken in 1977. No rail service then, but much of the track was still in place. ©B. Smith photo
Wye switch behind State Park swimming pool, looking towards feed mill at end of track. Davis Mts in distance. ©B. Smith photo
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.