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RIGHT: The calm waters of Marine Creek re- flect a small wooden trestle that is feeling the weight of a pair of GP38s as Job 103 switches near Cowtown on the near north side of Fort Worth. BELOW RIGHT: On the rare snow covered day of February 4, 2011, GP38-3 No. 2003 passes a peanut processing factory at Gorman on the old Texas Central line. While no peanuts are shipped by rail, FWWR hauls in fertilizer used by the local farmers.

to arrive were four GP38-2s, a pair each of Penn Central and B&O ancestry, FWWR numbers 2004 (Comanche), 2005 (Major Ripley Arnold), 2006 (Gen- eral Tarrant), and 2007 (B.B. Pradock). Two ex-C&NW GP50s, FWWR num- bers 2008 (Panther City) and 2009 (Chisholm Trail) arrived next, with the 2009 later swapped out in January 2006 with an ex-SP GP40-2 decked out with the same FWWR name and num- ber. Three additional CNW GP50s, came on board in 2006 with FWWR numbers 2010 (Trinity), 2011 (Miss Et- ta), 2012 (Chaparral).

With their traffic base steadily grow- ing, the summer of 2007 brought some interesting locomotive additions in- cluding the company’s first Gensets. Carrying model numbers 2GS-14B and FWWR numbers 2013 (Luke Short) and 2014 (Timothy Courtright), they were made on reconditioned frames of re- tired EMD Geeps with the work per- formed by National Railway Equip- ment (NRE) at Mount Vernon, Ill. Each Genset produces 1400 h.p. from a pair of six-cylinder Cummins generators. The pair was partially funded by a grant from the State of Texas in a pro- gram for Texas-based low emissions lo- comotives. In addition, that summer brought the first six-axle units in the form of SD40-2 number 2015 (Butch Cassidy) that started life on the MoPac; and numbers 2016 (Sundance Kid) and 2017 (Kid Curry) that are former Southern Pacific SD40R’s. The six-axle fleet was later supplemented in late 2010 with the arrival of SD40-2 num- ber 2018 (Tarantula), a former snoot- nosed Union Pacific “fast-forty” unit. The company’s latest acquisitions have been four-axle units. FWWR en- gine 2019 (Apache) is a former L&N GP38AC. Arriving in December 2011 three GP-type locomotives: GP40 num- ber 2020, an ex-CSX/SCL unit; and two former GTW GP40-2s now with num- bers 2021 and 2022.

Photography Tips

A little advanced scouting of the Fort Worth area is recommended as there are numerous photo angles and heavy vehicle traffic can make reaching them in time for the shot difficult. Highlights of the Fort Worth area include multiple crossings of the Trinity River; shots


with the Fort Worth skyline; and a shot of southbound movements from the West Rosedale Street overpass. Follow- ing the road train FWDU is a bit easi- er, but the first 15 miles from suburban Fort Worth to Cresson is more difficult as parallel roadways are scarce or con- gested. A photography must is the Farm-Market Road 2331 crossing near Mustang Creek and a chase via the parallel Winscott-Plover Road west from there. Heavy westbound trains laden with sand are struggling through here while climbing out of the valley created by Mustang Creek.

South from Cresson is much easier as the line is never far away from State Highway 377, a busy, mostly four lane, affair. Notable locations in this stretch

is the 840-foot long deck girder bridge over Lake Granbury, and highway overpasses just west of Granbury (Texas Loop 567) and U.S. Highway 281, just north of Stephenville. Train speeds between the outskirts of Fort Worth and Cresson can vary greatly due to steep grades and the heavy sand cars. Once the large block of sand cars are set out in the yard at Cresson, train sizes are considerably lighter allowing for trains to easier reach the allowed track speed of 40 m.p.h. Following the Dublin based jobs can provide some nice photos especially of trains passing the brick station at Comanche. Train movements are authorized with track warrant control. There are numerous signals along the Dublin

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