Friday August 7, 1987
on the Union Pacific

North Little Rock to Dallas and El Paso

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From Little Rock the main line heads southeast to Texarkana (mp490). The Dallas Subdivision begins at Texarkana (mp0), runs almost due south to Marshall (mp66), then turns due west to Fort Worth's Centennial Yard (mp251). This is the old T&P line to El Paso, which uses 88 miles of SP trackage west of Sierra Blanca (mp769).

HOPI left Houston yesterday at 245PM with 85 loads and nine empties. It arrived in North Little Rock at 740AM with engines 202, 2535, MP3151, and MP6065. It would leave later this afternoon with 83 loads and 11 empties.

HONL departed Houston yesterday at 245PM with 78 loads and eight empties. It picked up 14 loads at Spring and departed at 500PM. It met INFW and CHDAZ at Woodlawn (mp59) and flagged through the signals from the east end of Woodlawn to the west end of Jefferson, because the NLLD was fouling the west circuit at Jefferson. It came into North Little Rock with engines 3663, 3503, MP4678, MP3256, and 3284 and tied up at 820AM.

N152 left Shreveport at 520PM yesterday with engines 204, MP6043 and 4056 pulling nine loads and 47 empties. It picked up at Reisor and departed with 28 loads and 80 empties. It left Texarkana at 340AM with 31 loads and 87 empties. It set out seven loads and 28 empties at Gurdon (mp426) and picked up 14 loads and 21 empties at Malvern (mp389). It came into North Little Rock at 1010AM with 38 loads and 80 empties.

FWIN departed from Fort Worth yesterday at 550PM with engines 205, CR6341, CR6299, and 3804 pulling 27 loads and 29 empties. It set out engine 3804 at Mesquite for the DANOZ, picked up 28 loads at Longview, met INFW at Texarkana, and pulled into North Little Rock at 1110AM. If the XHOCHT (currently at Texarkana) could get ahead of the FWIN, it would pick up five cars at Bald Knob for Avon Yard. Later, it would set out 40 cars at Salem and continue with 75 cars for Conrail.

LAD50 left El Dorado at 340AM with engines 4623 and 4629 pulling 30 loads and 32 empties. After changing crews and adding engines 2224 and 4601, it left Gurdon at 825AM with 37 loads and 26 empties. It was now at Bauxite Jct. (mp364).

NLLD left North Little Rock at 1050AM with engines 3290, 4224, MP3055, and MP3008 dragging 75 loads and 33 empties. It was now preparing to stop at Malvern (mp389) and set out ten cars.

N153 departed North Little Rock at 935AM with engines 2467, MP3212, and 4263 pulling 108 loads and 17 empties. It was now rolling through Arkadelphia (mp411).

NLHO with 57 loads and 58 empties pulled by engines 4302, 3209, 2252, and MP4633, left North Little Rock at 850AM. It had just gone into emergency near Gurdon. The crew would find an empty car with a bad order train line and set the car out at Gurdon.

LAD51 departed North Little Rock at 300AM with engines MP2282, MP4651, MP4528, and MP1702 pulling 24 loads and 53 empties. It came into Gurdon (mp426) at 550AM with four loads and 20 empties. It set out two units, picked up three loads and three empties, changed crews and departed at 915AM. It was now cruising up the Gurdon Branch and would arrive in El Dorado at 100PM.

Union Pacific train symbol NLFW2 at Texarkana
Union Pacific train symbol NLFW2 at Texarkana.

FWCHT left Fort Worth last night at 1045PM with engines MP9030 and MP9056 pulling 32 loads and 12 empties. It set out 20 loads at Browder (mp216) and set out five loads and 10 empties at Dallas. At Mesquite, it set out seven cars, picked up 36 loads, and departed at 400AM with 38 loads. It met INFW at Lawrence (mp187), met NODAZ at Elmo (mp176), and picked up three cars at Texarkana. After the arrival of CHFWZ, it departed with 41 loads and had just passed Clear Lake Jct. (mp480). At Bald Knob, it would set out 17 cars and pick up 12 cars for Dupo and two cars for Chicago. It would set out 15 cars at Dupo and go through to Chicago with 23 cars.

Union Pacific train symbol HOCHZ at Texarkana
Union Pacific train symbol HOCHZ at Texarkana

HOCHT left Houston at 845PM with 41 loads and engines 3540 and 3674. It met the NLHO and CHHOZ at Trinity (mp65), met XCHHO at Elkhart (mp12), met NYDAZ near Lansing at (mp85), and AIZ at Lansing Jct. (mp81). It was now changing crews at Texarkana. It would set out 13 cars at Bald Knob, 14 cars at Dupo, and go through to Chicago with 14 cars.

RSPZ departed from San Antonio yesterday at 1240PM with 49 loads and 10 empties. It was delayed 10 minutes at Milano while a Santa Fe train cleared the crossing, and waited an hour out side of Palestine for the NLHO and CHHOZ to leave town, so it could get in and change crews. It picked up four loads at Marshall and then waited two and a half hours for the NLLD, NYDAZ, and AIZ to clear. It arrived at Texarkana at 1020AM and the symbol was changed to XHOCHT. It would leave with engines MP3521 and 4061 at 130PM with 40 loads and eight empties. It would set out 22 cars at Bald Knob (nine TOFC flats for the NLAST, eight TOFC flats for the NLME, and five cars for the FWIN), set out eight cars at Dupo, and go on to Chicago with 18 cars.

CHFWZ had engines MP9046 and MP9059. It departed from Yard Center at 425PM yesterday with 32 loads, 2,346 tons. After setting out three loads of mail and picking up 13 loads at Dupo, it departed at 1140PM with 42 loads at 2,911 tons. It had just departed from Texarkana at 1146AM and was making good time. Although CHFWZ left Chicago 25 minutes late, it was now running over an hour early. However, the LAE59 had derailed two cars shoving into the house track at Jefferson (mp51). The cars were fouling the main line and the CHFWZ would lose an hour and ten minutes waiting for the cars to be rerailed.

INHO left Salem yesterday at 125AM with engines 3913 and 4307 pulling 10 loads and 42 empties at 2,706 tons. It ran around the INFW making a pick up at Gorham. At Quarry, it met SP train LFASM and let the CHHOZ and FWIN run around it. It was in the siding at Woodlawn waiting for another crew.

NLLD departed from North Little Rock at 940AM yesterday with engines 219, MP4663, MP4533, 2173, and 2063 pulling 18 loads and 45 empties. It left Texarkana at 815PM with 91 loads and 46 empties. It let the XCHHO run around it at Sulphur. It suffered engine problems going through Atlanta and stalled when it overshot the end of the siding at Jefferson to let the CHDAZ and INFW pass. It couldn't back up to clear the circuit, so they had to flag the red signal at the west end. After the arrival of the N152 and HONL, the INHO shoved the NLLD out of the siding to get it moving again. The train stalled again at (mp66) near Marshall. The NYDAZ shoved it into the clear and then ran around it. At Marshall, it picked up engine MP3097, set out earlier by the INFW, and set out 45 loads. At Longview, it set out 36 loads and 35 empties and engines 2173 and 2063. It picked up 18 loads and 22 empties and departed at 1150AM.

N122 left Fort Worth at 210AM with engines 3344, 3743, and MP3058 pulling 46 loads and 61 empties. It was now approaching the SP crossing at Big Sandy (mp113). At Longview, it would set out 39 loads and 14 empties. These units came into Fort Worth yesterday on the HOKC.

Union Pacific train symbol FWNL at Mesquite, TX
Union Pacific train symbol FWNL at Mesquite, TX

FWNL departed Fort Worth at 735AM with engines MP9036, MP4818, MP4842, and MP2038 pulling 20 loads and 38 empties. It set out nine loads and five empties at Dallas, picked up one load and 13 empties at Mesquite and was now thundering through Terrell (mp182). After changing crews, it would leave Mineola at 155PM.

Union Pacific train symbol FWNL Belt Jct
Union Pacific train symbol FWNL Belt Jct

NYDAZ arrived at St. Elmo with engines CR6338 and CR6404 pulling 43 loads, 2,738 tons. It added engine 254 at Salem and set out five loads at Bald Knob. It left North Little Rock at 1050PM and met the FWNL at Boughton (mp438). It lost over an hour waiting at Sulphur for the HOPI which had pulled a knuckle at (mp16). It met HONL at Jefferson, passed the INHO at Woodlawn, shoved the NLLD into the clear at Marshall, swapped crews at Mineola and departed at 905AM. Just out of Lawrence, the train went into emergency. The crew found nothing wrong. All of the cars were set out at Mesquite and the power was now swinging around the wye at Belt Jct. in South Dallas. It would pick up two loads in Dallas.

Union Pacific train symbol NOFW Belt Jct
Union Pacific train symbol NOFW Belt Jct

INFW was turned over to the UP at St. Elmo at 940PM on the 5th with 54 loads and 33 empties, 6,978 tons. At Salem, it set out 14 loads and 28 empties for Houston and swapped power. Engine MP3513 had a bad automatic brake valve and was set out. It left Salem at 100AM with 58 loads and five empties, 5,626 tons, pulled by engines MP3211 and 3729. It met the NLCHB, HOPI, and FWIN at Benton (mp302). It picked up 14 loads and five empties at Gorham. At Illmo, it met SP train LFASM and let the CHHOZ run around it. It pulled into Poplar Bluff at 910AM with 72 loads and 10 empties, 7,079 tons. It set out 18 loads at Newport and six more at Bald Knob. It left North Little Rock at 520PM yesterday with 49 loads and five empties and had engines 3556, MP3097, and MP2237. It set out engine MP3097, 27 loads and five empties at Longview and set out three piggybacks and four autos at Mesquite. It set out 14 loads at Arlington and tied up in Fort Worth at 910AM.

Missouri Pacific engine 1570 at Tower 19
Missouri Pacific engine 1570 at Tower 19

CHDAZ left Chicago yesterday morning at 430AM with 28 loads, 2,144 tons, and had engines MP9048 and MP9054. It set out nine loads at Marshall and 11 loads at Mesquite. It picked up 11 loads and 46 empties at Dallas, and departed at 740AM. It set out seven loads at Arlington and tied up in Fort Worth at 920AM.

FWNO was called for 400PM and would have engines MP3304, 4281 and 4236.

FWEP was just leaving Fort Worth with engines 2533, MP3185, MP2311, 3223, 4275, and 4131 pulling 67 loads and 35 empties.

Union Pacific local train symbol L4C72 Abilene, TX
Union Pacific local train symbol L4C72 Abilene, TX

EPFW departed from El Paso at 720AM on the 6th with engines MP3259, MP3189, and MP3023 pulling 26 loads and 16 empties. It picked up two loads and three empties at Toyah and picked up 18 loads and 38 empties at Odessa (mp570). It was now going through Merkel (mp424).

Engines lay over at Big Spring, TX
Engines lay over at Big Spring, TX

EPFW left El Paso at 730AM with engines 4222, 3927, and 4321 pulling 25 loads and 25 empties and was now near Kent (mp699).

Union Pacific train symbol L4D77 at Midland, TX
Union Pacific train symbol L4D77 at Midland, TX

REEPA left Reisor at 912PM on the 5th with engines MP3274, MP3527, and MP3162 pulling 60 loads. It swapped power at Fort Worth for engines 3436, 3202, and 3242 and departed at 1135AM. It tied up at El Paso at 800AM this morning.