Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway

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Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railway
R.S. & P. Railway Frieght Depot.jpg
Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Freight Depot
Reporting mark RSP
Locale West Texas
Dates of operation 1908–1984
Successor BNSF, Union Pacific
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Roscoe, Texas
Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railway in 1916.

The Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway was an American shortline railroad based in the small West Texas town of Roscoe.

History[edit]

The Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway Company was incorporated August 31, 1906, to construct a 230 mi (370 km) railroad from Roscoe, Texas, to the New Mexico state line near Portales.[1] The full line was never completed but a 31 mi (50 km) line was opened to Snyder in 1908 and extended another 18.5 miles (29.8 km) to Fluvanna in September 1909.[2]

The line was abandoned between Snyder and Fluvanna prior to 1945, and passenger service ended in 1953.[1] The line between Roscoe and Snyder was abandoned in 1984 because of deregulation associated with the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which made it difficult for the company to compete.[1] A small portion of the line that connects to the Union Pacific near Roscoe still serves a railroad car rebuilding facility and provides storage of rail cars awaiting repair.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lewis, Edward A. (1996). American Shortline Railway Guide. Railroad Reference Series No. 17 (5 ed.). Waukesha, WI: Kalmbach Publishing Co. p. 269. 
  2. ^ a b "Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway". The Handbook of Texas Online. The Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 

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