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  •  She Caught the Kay ~ Taj Mahal (6+ / 0-)

    Katy = Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad (K-T).  The Taj Mahal original is slightly different than the one heard in "Blues Brothers".

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    by Thor Heyerdahl on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 06:06:07 AM PDT

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    •  Grrr...She Caught the Katy... (1+ / 0-)
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      Need the caffeine hit still this morning.

      "now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." W. Churchill

      by Thor Heyerdahl on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 06:07:51 AM PDT

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    •  The sections above from ... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... Houston to Bryan, Bryan to Waco, Bryan to Austin and Houston to San Antonio seem to be mostly or entirely the K-T alignment. The alignment in Houston itself seems to have been paved as expressway or bike trail, so the Houston Metro alignments are not the original Katy alignments, but other than that, from a historical map I googled and the towns it goes through, the rest of those four sections seem to be the Katy.

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      by BruceMcF on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 08:49:16 AM PDT

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      •  There was a major rail line that ran (0+ / 0-)

        parallel and adjacent to I-10W(US90) from north of downtown Houston (think there is a major switching yard NE of downtown), out to Katy; and thence to San Antonio roughly along old US 90, mostly south of I-10.
        There is a major RR junction just east of the I-10W and 610 intersection, near Hempstead, maybe a yard too. The line parallel to Hempstead goes to Austin.
        IIRC, maybe 12-15 years ago that mainline from north of dtwn to 610 to SHT8 might have been abandoned, maybe rerouted.
        I was working around there off and on and I think the plans were in the newspapers. I-10 was being widened and HO lanes put in, the Sam Houston tollway was going in, etc.
        Access on N-S roads off of I-10 could be a pain if a train was passing, given the traffic in Houston (some people were known to race down I-10, exit-maybe one or two farther than wanted-, and turn north to beat the train at those old grade crossings).

        Another factor are all the RR bridges between Houston and San Antonio crossing major rivers, some of them look pretty shaky for any HSR use.

        I'd like to see some HSR here, but I think the time is past to do it, given the political shortsightedness of the last 10-15 years. Southwest Air used to kill anything that seemed to move towards passenger rail here for many years.

        Herr Perry tried to stuff HSR into the TTC (TransTexasCorridor), but the TTC pissed off so effen many people for so many reasons that it finally (?) died of its own weight. Even a lot of his own supporters had trouble with that boondoggle.
        One of its RoW's seemed to go through either my or my ex's property, depending which route they chose south of San Antonio.
         If anybody needs maps of the TTC, I have some pdf hi-res ones somewhere, think they have disappeared from online (Perry's like a puppy that makes a mess, knows it, and tries to hide it).

        I used to really be aware of the RR's when I put in a lot of windshield time, not much anymore.
        My house looks down on the old roadbed for the SA&AP RR that carried Teddy Roosevelt and the Roughriders from Ft. Sam to embarkation near Corpus to Cuba (I have a bunch of ties from it). Tracks were finally pulled up about 12 years ago, remember an occasional train passing before that.

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        by Bluefin on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 03:52:56 AM PDT

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