Freight Car Friday – Freight Cars of Houston

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This week we travel south with the World’s Greatest Hobby tour to Houston. And judging from the rail action down here, it certainly does seem that everything is bigger in Texas!

Today Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern and BNSF all call on Houston with yards and lines scattered about the city. The scene here however was once much more colorful with lines from the Rock Island, Missouri Kansas and Texas, Southern Pacific and Ft Worth and Denver and many others all coming together in town.

Like Pittsburgh is to steel and Detroit to automotive traffic, Houston is a major hub for the oil and  chemical industries and the freight yards around here show it. Tank cars and covered hoppers of all shapes and sizes dominate the consists of the local freights. Traffic originating here on the Texas “Chemical Coast” has direct outlets to the north, east and west via the…

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