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Now HERE'S something you don't see every day. Cotton Belt right here in Altoona. I sneaked out just so i could catch this unit. Good thing too, because when it arrived in Butler the next day, it was patched.
On the last day of occupation of the tower, Cotton Belt pays homage to Tower 17 (the last manned tower in Texas) on an appropriately dreary and drizzly February evening.
The last watch is already packing up, when they leave an era in railroading history will be gone forever.
The old Cotton Belt (St. Louis Southwestern) depot in Gatesville, TX (About an hour west of Waco, TX), now restored and operating as the Chamber of Commerce. south a few miles is North Fort Hood, which was at one time served by the SSW. The RR left Gatesville in the early 1970's. Photo taken...
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