Railroads in New Braunfels, Texas

International and Great Northern / Missouri Pacific

International and Great Northern / Missouri Pacific railroad depot in New Braunfels, Texas
 
International and Great Northern / Missouri Pacific railroad depot in New Braunfels, Texas
 
MK&T train on the collapsed I&GN railroad bridge over the Guadalupe river near New Braunfels in 1890
The International & Great Northern built through New Braunfels in 1880. They established their first depot on the main road through town called San Antonio Street. A replacement depot was built in the same spot around 1900. It may have been replaced to signify the importance of the railroad to the community, or raise the prestige of the I &GN now that the Missouri, Kansas & Texas had begun serving the town as well. Or possibly the first one burned down. It was replaced by a masonry structure which is still in its original track side location. After the depot was abandoned by the railroad, it was acquired by the New Braunfels Historic Railroad & Modelers Society in 1986. The society refurbished and restored the depot and have established a very interesting collection of railroad items, including a HO scale model layout, a steam engine, a caboose and a dining car. The museum is open to the public from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Admission is by donation.
Missouri Pacific railroad depot in New Braunfels, Texas, 1975
Missouri Pacific railroad depot in New Braunfels, Texas, 2004
Missouri Pacific railroad depot in New Braunfels, Texas, 2004

Union Pacific freight train passing the old MOPAC railroad depot in New Braunfels, Texas, 2004
HO scale model of the Missouri Pacific railroad depot in San Marcos on the San Antonio Model Railroad Association layout in San Antonio
Missouri-Kansas-Texas

MK&T train at Dittlinger's steel mill, New Braunfels, 1900
Missouri, Kansas and Texas railroad depot in New Braunfels, Texas, under construction, 1900
MK&T "Katy" railroad depot in New Braunfels, Texas. Located at 501 N. Seguin Street, it was sold but burnt down during conversion to a restaurant
Last Missouri, Kansas & Texas "Katy" steam train in New Braunfels, Texas, 1952
The Missouri, Kansas and Texas railroad built its own tracks from San Marcos to San Antonio through New Braunfels in 1900. In 1881 the I & GN had been leased to the MKT when both were owned and controlled by Jay Gould. Gould lost control of the MKT in 1888 but managed to maintained control of the I & GN. A number of issues arose which made it difficult for the MKT to arrange for trackage right on the I & GN into San Antonio. Also the MKT may have been obligated by the Texas Railroad Commission to build their own line to San Antonio. Construction began in 1900 from San Marcos and the first MKT train to San Antonio on its own tracks arrived on May 1, 1901.
Missouri-Kansas-Texas, M-K-T, railroad depot in New Braunfels, Texas
MK&T "Katy" railroad depot in New Braunfels, Texas. Located at 501 N. Seguin Street, it was sold but burnt down during conversion to a restaurant
MK&T "Katy" railroad depot in New Braunfels, Texas in 1976. Located at 501 N. Seguin Street, it was sold but burnt down during conversion to a restaurant
Union Pacific

The Union Pacific now owns and controls both the I & GN and Katy lines in New Braunfels. It maintains a crew depot of sorts just a few blocks from the old I & GN depot. This is a mobile office structure on an almost unimproved site. It contains stations for conductors to print out their train orders and manifests, two rest rooms, an eating area and two offices. It is a very unimpressive structure but it is functional in a very low key, low cost way. There are still major quarries in and around New Braunfels. The corridor is very, very busy. The UP does its best to maintain directional running in the area. The I & GN is used for southbound trains and the old Katy for north bounds. Some seventeen miles of Katy tracks were abandoned at one point in and around New Braunfels. As traffic demands grew, the UP decided to re-open the lines, much to the chagrin of some home owners who were disturbed to find what they thought was an abandoned right of way was now very much back in business.
Union Pacific freight train crosing San Antonio Road at the old MOPAC railroad depot, now the New Braunfels Railroad Museum, April 2012
 
Union Pacific freight train passing the old MOPAC railroad depot, now the New Braunfels Railroad Museum, April 2012
 
Union Pacific freight train passing the old MOPAC railroad depot, now the New Braunfels Railroad Museum, April 2012

Union Pacific heritage train near the old MOPAC railroad depot, now the New Braunfels Railroad Museum, April 2012
 
Union Pacific heritage train the old MOPAC railroad depot, now the New Braunfels Railroad Museum, April 2012
 
Union Pacific heritage train the old MOPAC railroad depot, now the New Braunfels Railroad Museum, April 2012

 

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