SP Freight Train Symbol History H-I

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Most of the following train symbols originated at Houston, TX and a few from Hearne or Harlingen.

HEVIM began as the EN-SA (Ennis San Antonio) and No 363 from San Antonio to Brownsville. They were combined and rerouted via Victoria to become the ENBVY in 1974. In 1977, it handled traffic for Victoria, Corpus Christi, and the Rio Grande Valley. The ENVIY, operated as needed and became the ENVIM in October 1985. The HEVIY and HEVIM also operated during this time period when there was insufficient traffic to originate the train in Ennis. It became the HEBVM December 21, 1986 and operated as needed.

EN-BV Ennis 1100P  San Antonio 1100A  1 73
363 San Antonio 500P  Brownsville 1000A  1 73
ENBVY Ennis 1100P  Brownsville 200P  2 74-77
HEVIM Hearne 1201A  Victoria 1045A    93-95

HEFWM began as the ENFWY operating to Broadway Yard south of Tower 55.

HEFWM Hearne 800P  Fort Worth 530A  1 95

Southern Pacific train symbol ENHOY at Groesbeck, TX
Southern Pacific train symbol ENHOY at Groesbeck, TX

HEHOM began as the ENHOY. It handled freight traffic for Houston and east. It was deleted May 20, 1983 and later restarted as the HEHOM.

ENHOY Ennis 1100A  Houston 300A  1 82
HEHOM Hearne 200P  Houston 1025P    93
HEHOM Hearne 600A  Houston 1125A    95

HEPBM began as train SAPBY. From 1982 thru 1985, the SAPBY handled traffic for Giddings, Caldwell, Hearne, North Texas (set out at Corsicana) Tyler, Texarkana, Pine Bluff, and East St. Louis. It became the SAPBM in October 1985 and operated as needed. It became the HEPBM in late 1986.

SAPBY San Antonio 1201A  Pine Bluff 100P  1 82-85

HFADT left Nogales on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. It handled primarily empty containers from the Ford assembly plant in Hermosillo, Mexico.

HFADT Nogales 600A  Kansas City 1145P  1 94

HGVIM began as the RGV (Rio Grande Valley) and the WGRV (Winter Garden Rio Grande Valley). They were combined in 1974 and rerouted via Victoria to form the BVESP. In 1982 it handled traffic from the Rio Grande Valley for Giddings, Caldwell, North Texas, Pine Bluff, and the Alton & Southern. It generally terminated at Pine Bluff. The schedule was deleted May 20, 1983.

RGV Brownsville 1100P  San Antonio 1000P  1 71-73
WRGV San Antonio 100A  E St Louis 1159P  1 71-73
BVESP Brownsville 1100P  E St Louis 400P  3 74
BVESP Brownsville 1100P  E St Louis 800A  3 77
BVESP Brownsville 600A  E St Louis 200P  2 82-83
HGVIM Harlingen 100P  Victoria 1215A  1 95

HOASM began as the TSN (Texas Streak North) and became the HOASY in 1974. From 1982 thru 1985, it handled traffic for Pine Bluff and connections via the Alton and Southern. From 1980 to April 3, 1983, it operated via Shreveport over the weekend and via Hearne on weekdays. After April 3, 1983, HOASY operated primarily via Shreveport. The HOASY became the HOASM in October 1985.

TSN Houston 500P  Pine Bluff 1000A  1 71-73
HOASY Houston 400P  E St Louis 1159P  1 74-77
HOASY Houston 700A  E St Louis 800P  1 80-82
HOASY Houston 400P  E St Louis 500A  2 83
HOASY Houston 700P  E St Louis 700A  2 85
HOASM Houston 300P  E St Louis 200A  2 87

SP train symbol HOLFM at Welsh, LA
SP train symbol HOLFM at Welsh, LA

HOAVM began as the HNO (Houston New Orleans) and became the HOAVF in 1974. In 1982, it handled traffic for Lake Charles, Lafayette, and Avondale Yard and could have a block for Beaumont on the head end. It became the HONOM in October 1985.

HNO Houston 600P  Avondale Yard 800A  1 73
HOAVF Houston 700P  Avondale Yard 1000A  1 74
HOAVY Houston 600A  Avondale Yard 1159P    77
HOAVY Houston 1000P  Avondale Yard 230A  2 80-82
HOAVY Houston 1100A  Avondale Yard 1201P  1 83
HOAVM Houston 930A  Avondale Yard 1100A  1 93

HOBEM began as the HOBEY and in 1982 handled traffic for Beaumont. The schedule was deleted May 20, 1983, however the symbol was used as needed. It became the HOBTM in October 1985.

HOBEY Houston 1100A  Beaumont 900P  80-82

HOCHQ handled traffic for Pine Bluff, East St. Louis, and Chcago.

HOCHQ Houston 1100P  Chicago 415A  3 93-95

SP train symbol HOWCQ at Lordsburg, NM
SP train symbol HOWCQ at Lordsburg, NM

HOCIQ began as the HOWCY. From 1982 thru 1985, it handled mixed traffic and picked up and set out at San Antonio and El Paso. It became the HOWCM in October 1985 and in 1986 became the HOOAM. I think by 1993 it was back to the HOWCM symbol and operated as needed with the start of the HOCIM. The HOCIM became the HOCIQ in 1993.

HOWCY Houston 200P  West Colton 1201P  3 82-85
HOCIQ Houston 1000P  City of Industry 1055A  4 93

HOCXF began in July 1987 as train HOCXQ, a run thru on the CXS to Jacksonville, FL via New Orleans. The symbol later became HOCXF. The HOCXF operated Sunday through Friday and handled double stacks and TOFC to the CSX Gentilly Yard. It also handled TOFC and manifest traffic for New Orleans, plus TOFC traffic for the Norfolk Southern. This traffic was set out at Avondale Yard.

HOCXF Houston 800P  Gentilly 930A  1 93
HOCXF Houston 1000P  Gentilly 200P  1 94

HOCXM began as the SP-FLA (SP Florida) and became the HOLNY in 1974. It handled traffic for exL&N at Avondale Yard and could have a Lafayette block on the rear end. The HOSBY became the HOSBM in October 1985, and operated as the HONOM2 from January 1986 to January 1988.

SP-FLA Houston 100P  Avondale Yard 400A  1 71-73
HOLNY Houston 1201P  Avondale Yard 500A  1 74
HOLNY Houston 300P  Avondale Yard 500A  1 77
HOLNY Houston 900P  Avondale Yard 300A  2 82
HOSBY Houston 900P  Avondale Yard 300A  2 83-85
HONOM2 Houston 900P  Gentilly Yard 255A  2 87
HOCXM Houston 100A  New Orleans 900P    93
HOCXM Houston 300A  New Orleans 1230A  1 95

HODAM began as No 257 which terminated at Denison, TX and handled traffic for North Texas. It was split into the HOENY and ENDNY in 1974. The ENDNY became the ENSHY in 1980 and handled Dallas and BN interchange traffic for Sherman. In 1984 they were combined to form the HODNY and became the HODNM in October 1985. It became the HODAM in late 1986 and operated as needed.

257 Houston 830A  Ennis 1100P  1 71-73
257 Ennis 1100P  Denison 430A  1 71-73
HOENY Houston 900A  Ennis 300A  1 74-83
ENDNY Ennis 830P  Denison 200A  1 74
ENDNY Ennis 330P  Denison 1100P    77
HOENY Houston 200P  Denison 1230P  1 84
HODAM Houston 930P  Dallas 1030A  1 93-95

HODAQ began as HODAX in 1984. It handled Dallas TOFC, was limited to 15 cars and operated without a caboose.

HODAX Houston 730P  Dallas 515A  1 85
HODAQ Houston 730P  Dallas 515A  1 87

HODAT began as the PBW (Piggyback West) and became the HODAT in 1974. In 1982, it handled traffic for Ennis, Dallas, and BN interchange at Sherman for Tulsa and beyond.

PBW Houston 800P  Dallas 630A  1 71-73
HODAT Houston 900P  Dallas 1000A  1 74-77
HODAT Houston 600P  Dallas 900A  1 82-83

HOEGM began in 1994.

HOEGM Houston 1100A  Eagle Pass 110P  1 95

HOEPT began January 16, 1989 and handled El Paso, Tucson, and Phoenix TOFC and manifest traffic from Houston and trains NOLXT and CXHOT. It would pick up additional traffic at San Antonio from trains DASAQ and MFLAT.

HOEPT Houston 300A  El Paso 300A  1 89

HOEST began as the HOESQ in July 1987 operating five days per week. This was increased to six days per week in April 1989. The train later became the HOCHF then the HOEST. It operated daily and handled TOFC for Pine Bluff, St. Louis, and Chicago plus manifest traffic for Pine Bluff. At Pine Bluff the train could consolidate with the DAESF.

HOCHF Houston 1000A  Chicago 830A  2 93
HOEST Houston 200P  E. St. Louis 1000P  1 94-95

HOEXT began January 1986 handling Express system containers from Dallas, Houston, and New Orleans. During early 1986, it was combined with the CHEXT at El Paso.

HOEXT Houston Fri 500A  El Paso Sat 230P  87

Southern Pacific train symbol TXN at Dragoon, AZ
Southern Pacific train symbol TXN at Dragoon, AZ

HOLAM began as the TXN (Texan) operating to Indio to connect with the SF, IV-NCP, and IV-VXW. It became the HOLAY in 1974 and became the HOLAM in October 1985. HOLAM handled traffic for San Antonio, Eagle Pass, El Paso, Tucson, and West Colton.

TXN Houston 1000P  Indio 200P  2 71-73
HOLAY Houston 100P  West Colton 1030P  2 74
HOLAY Houston 200A  Los Angeles 800P  3 83
HOLAY Houston 200A  Los Angeles 200A  3 85
HOLAM Houston 200A  Los Angeles 200A  3 86-3/87
HOLAM Houston 600P  Los Angeles 600P  3 7/87

SP train symbol HOLBT at Deming, NM
SP train symbol HOLBT at Deming, NM

HOLBT began as train HOLAT. In 1982 it handled TOFC and manifest traffic for El Paso, Tucson, City of Industry, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. In 1987, HOLAT handled TOFC for El Paso, Tucson, and West Colton.

HOLAT Houston 200A  Los Angeles 500P  2 82
HOLAT Houston 100A  Los Angeles 500A  2 83
HOLAT Houston 100A  Los Angeles 1030P  2 85
HOLAT Houston 100A  Los Angeles 1025P  2 87
HOLBT Houston 900A  Long Beach 900A  2 93
HOLBT Houston 700A  Long Beach 850A  2 94-95

HOPBM began as train HOPBY. In 1982 it handled traffic for Pine Bluff and beyond. It generally operated via Lufkin, but could operate via Corsicana. The schedule was deleted May 20, 1983 but the symbol was used into 1984. It was later revived as the HOPBM.

HOPBY Houston 300A  Pine Bluff 300A  1 82
HOPBM Houston 500P  Pine Bluff 945P  1 95

HORVQ began as the AVBAT. In 1982, it operated via the Coast and handled TOFC for San Antonio, El Paso, Tucson, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. The AVBAT operated via the Valley in 1985. The AVBAT became the NOOAT in October 1985 became the HOOAT during the Summer on 1986. In 1987, it handled San Antonio TOFC and manifest traffic and Bay Area TOFC and manifest traffic. It picked up additional Bay Area traffic from the MFOAT at San Antonio and from the KCEPQ at El Paso. It later became the HOBAT and then in 1993 the HORVQ.

AVBAT Avondale 600P  Oakland 800A  4 82
AVBAT Avondale 1030P  Oakland 700A  4 83
AVBAT Avondale 1030P  Oakland 100A  5 85
HOOAT Houston 700P  Oakland 430A  4 87
HORVQ Houston 1100A  Roseville 455P  4 93

HOSAM began as the HOSAY handling traffic for West Texas and Arizona and could fill with traffic for West Colton on the head end. The schedule was deleted May 20, 1983 but the symbol continued to be used until changed to the HOSAM in October 1985. It operated as needed.

HOSAY Houston 500P  San Antonio 300A  1 79-82

HOSOM began as the HSO (Houston Southern Run Through) and became the HOSOY in 1974. It handled traffic for Southern Rwy train 194 for Birmingham and Atlanta and could have a block for Lake Charles on the head end. The HOSOY became the HOSOM in October 1985 and operated as the HONOM3 from January 1986 to January 1988.

HSO Houston 400A  Avondale Yard 300P    71
HSO Houston 1000P  Avondale Yard 100P  1 73
HOSOY Houston 1100P  Avondale Yard 300P  1 74
HOSOY Houston 700A  Avondale Yard 1000P    77
HOSOY Houston 1100P  Avondale Yard 500A  2 82-85
HONOM3 Houston 1100P  Avondale Yard 325A  2 87
HOSOM Houston 1000P  Avondale Yard 900P  1 93
HOSOM Houston 1201A  Avondale Yard 955P    95

HOTXQ began in late 1987 as a unit tank train to Teneha then via AT&SF to Texas Eastman at Longview. It operated daily except Saturday.

HOVIM began as the HOVIY handling traffic for South Central Texas. It became the HOVIM in October 1985.

HOVIY Houston 500P  Victoria 300A  1 84
HOVIM Houston 730P  Victoria 525A  1 93
HOVIM Houston 630P  Victoria 525A  1 95

HXHOT began in March 1988 leaving Long Beach on Tuesday if there was sufficient Hanjin traffic. Otherwise Hanjin traffic will be handled by the LXHOF, LXCRF, and LACHF.

ICMXQ handled Mitsui containers from the ICG when connection with ESKCQ was missed.

ICMXQ E St Louis 1201P  Kansas City 1130P  87

ICNXQ handled NYK containers for the ICG. when connection with ESKCQ was missed.

ICNXQ E St Louis 600P  Kansas City 530A  1 87

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