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  1. Going to the McAllen Trade Zone

    Going to the McAllen Trade Zone

    RVSC 1744 rolls a mix of gons and tankers as it follows the former Mo-Pac branch to a large industrial park known as the trade zone
  2. RVSC's Back Door thru Mission

    RVSC's Back Door thru Mission

    RVSC 4101 and 1705 bring empty corn syrup and coil cars back to McAllen from the McAllen Trade Zone. The former branch to Hidalgo is a circuitious route that allows the same train to leave city limits and re-enter them by way of Mission, TX.
  3. South Texas Sugar

    South Texas Sugar

    RVSC 1744 is switching outbound loads of molasses from local sugar cane fields. This was an Espee and later UP operation at Roger Lacy.
  4. RVSC nightlife

    RVSC nightlife

    The federal building glows on a crisp November evening.
  5. Leaving McAllen

    Leaving McAllen

    A former Kiamichi unit leads a healthy train for Harlingen, Texas. Green paint would soon cover up the reddish-brown. The transitional paint didn't last long.
  6. RVSC Switcher

    RVSC Switcher

    RVSC 1233 sits idle at the Main repair shop in Donna Tx.
  7. RVSC Switcher

    RVSC Switcher

    RVSC 1233 sits idle at the Main repair shop in Donna Tx.
  8. Rio Valley Switching RVSC 1705

    Rio Valley Switching RVSC 1705

    The RVSC 1705 is in the same place where I photographed it last year.
  9. RVSC Switcher

    RVSC Switcher

    This Switcher 1233 is out of service. According to the Diesel Mechs the wiring has to be redone. Also the exhaust pipes were left uncovered so water got in for a good while. The engine will have to be repacked. Once done, it will see service on the line
  10. Big unit visits little branch

    Big unit visits little branch

    UP 9425 was "borrowed" to bring a unit grain onto the power strickened RVSC. To the author's knowledge, this was the first time a six axle unit had ever ventured onto the Mission branch. Both Mo-Pac and later UP didn't trust 6 axles on this particular line. This train will actually...
  11. Wanta Fanta?

    Wanta Fanta?

    On a normal summer day, RVSC 1744 and two more geeps bring the McAllen hauler into Alamo, TX. Milepost 27 indicates distance from Harlingen, TX where RVSC interchanges with the big UP.
  12. When all is well

    When all is well

    RVSC 4105 prepares for a crisp night in South Texas.
  13. 1749 and towers

    1749 and towers

    RVSC 1749 bakes away in the afternoon heat while the Bentsen Tower and Chase Bank look on.
  14. Cresting the loma

    Cresting the loma

    There are very few parts in the Rio Grande Valley which permit an elevated view. On loan to the Border Pacific, RVSC 4105 (GP9) lifts 14 cars near Cuevitas, TX on the way to Rio Grande City.
  15. Heading for the Interchange

    Heading for the Interchange

    RVSC 4103 and 4159 roll through La Feria, TX on the way to the UP Interchange at Harlingen. A surprise move for Sat. as Sun. is the norm.

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