MP engines 1649, 1839, 1766, and 1750 at depot in Odem, TX

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The St. Louis, Brownsville, and Mexico began construction at Robstown in August 1903 and reached Brownsville in July 1904. Expanding northeastward the line reached Houston in December 1907. This segment became part of the Gulf Coast Lines in 1916 and then part of the Missouri Pacific in 1924. The San Antonio, Uvalde, & Gulf Railroad took over operations of the Crystal City & Uvalde Railroad in 1912 and reached Corpus Christi in 1914. The SAU&G became a part of the MP in 1925.

MP engines 1649, 1839, 1766, and 1750 at Odem, TX

Engines 1649, 1839, 1766, and 1750 are switching the various small side tracks around the station at Odem on December 12, 1977. In the distance you can see an SP train waiting to enter Odem and go to Corpus Christi. I think the SP gained trackage rights over the MP in 1965 when their bridge into the city was removed.

MP engines 1649, 1839, 1766, and 1750 at depot in Odem, TX

I am south of the diamond at Odem as engines 1649, 1839, 1766, and 1750 continue to switch out cars for Corpus Christi from the storage tracks northeast of the depot. The crossing with the lines from San Antonio to Corpus Christi and from Houston to Brownsville is protected by a swing gate. The gate is normally lined for trains operating between Houston and Brownsville.

MP engines 1649, 1839, 1766, and 1750 at depot in Odem, TX

After picking up cars out of Houston and other Gulf Coast stations, the engines put their train back together northwest of the station. The sun is trying to break through the clouds as train 191 continues south to Corpus Christi. Disk 103