I am in the process of separating/condensing/reorganizing my websites. Instead of having one giant webpage, I am breaking things down into content areas and reposting them appropriately. This post comes from a quick stop I made back in 2010 to the town of Brownfield.
Brownfield was connected with both the oil industry and the agricultural industry, and is still alive today. (1) You can learn more about the town by visiting the town website.
When I passed through town on the way to a conference, I liked the way the grain silo contrasted the sun, so I stopped and took a few pictures. Upon wandering about for a few minutes, I found the switching engines.
The switching engines might be in use, but it was hard to say. None of them were moving, and all of them were in need of paint- but I did not see any obvious signs of disuse. The tracks were covered with a layer of surface rust, and had some low grass growing between the ties, but that could mean infrequent use rather than no use at all.
I zoomed in on the engines. The first one was HCLX 1006, which according to the RR Pictures Archive was pulling freight 1/31/10. (2) Visit the site for a complete description.
The other engine was WTLC 107, which is the West Texas and Lubbock line, according to Trains Web. Interestingly enough, they have the same locomotive as I have pictured, also located in Brownfield about two years earlier. It likely stays near this town, but then again, there’s only 107 miles of WTLC track, so it doesn’t wander far. (3)
There were more pictures to take, but I was in a hurry to get to a conference in Austin, so this was all I could do in a few minutes after fueling up. Hopefully, I’ll visit again with more time to spend.