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T&NO: SP's Lines in TX & LA
A. D. McLennan
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Texas & New Orleans

Southern Pacific's Lines in Texas & Louisiana

By A.D. McLennan.

8.5x11.5, cloth with dust jacket, 386 pages, 327 photos (20 in color); 39 maps, artwork and drawings, complete rosters, bibliography, index.

from the publisher:

"There has long been a need for a thorough history of the Texas & New Orleans and its predecessors, from the beginnings in the mid-19th century, through linking El Paso and New Orleans in 1883, to the merger with Southern Pacific in 1961. This book fills that need.

"Component railroads of the T&NO included the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio; the Houston & Texas Central; the Houston East & West Texas; the Louisiana Western; Morgan's Louisiana & Texas Railroad and Steamship Company; the T&NO itself; and the San Antonio & Aransas Pass.

"The book opens with an introductory section of background information, then provides a general description of the steam locomotives which powered the T&NO until dieselization was completed in the 1950s. The coverage continues with chapters on particular segments of the T&NO: El Paso to Houston, the Dallas & Austin Divisions, the Victoria Division, the East Texas lines, and Houston to New Orleans. A separate chapter describes the Houston and Galveston terminals. A concluding chapter covers the 1961 merger into SP, as well as the dieselization in the last decade of the T&NO's separate existence.

" Each chapter is rich in details of operation, with extensive information from timetables and dispatcher sheets, as well as from company sources and the railroad literature. Throughout the book, numerous in-service photos at various locations document the history. The railroad had a complex roster of motive power in steam days, when many locomotives had been inherited from predecessor roads. Accordingly, detailed locomotive rosters are included, and essential drawings and maps further enrich the story. A bibliography and an index round out the book."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Preface 7

Chapter 1: Development of SP Lines in Texas and Louisiana 9

Chapter 2: Steam Power 33

Chapter 3: El Paso to San Antonio 77

Chapter 4, San Antonio to Houston 113

Chapter 5: Dallas & Austin Divisions 145

Chapter 6: Victoria Division 189

Chapter 7: The East Texas Piney Woods 221

Chapter 8: Houston to New Orleans 255

Chapter 9: Houston and Galveston Terminals 307

Chapter 10: Dieselization and Merger with Pacific Lines 341

Appendix 1: Line Profiles 360

Appendix 2: Locomotive Rosters 361

Appendix 3: Map, Competing Lines 372

Bibliography: 375

Index: 377

"A.D. McLennan was born in Melbourne, Victoria, on January 19, 1938, which he thinks may be the most interesting thing we can say about the author of a book on T&NO history. He later worked for the Australian government and visited the United States in the course of duty.

"But interest in Southern Pacific dates from an early age and explains the focus on the ''then'' rather than ''now'' of writing about railroads. This has matured into book form in recent years, preceded by about 20 magazine articles on SP history that emphasize train operations, a number of them published in the Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society magazine Trainline.

"He resides in Toowong, a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, and is at work on further publications relating to Southern Pacific."