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Location DB > United States > Texas > Grand Prairie > GWR Trestles
GWR Trestles
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created by TexasMike on 4/29/2012 11:39 PM
last modified by TexasMike on 4/30/2012 1:47 AM
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125 acres of open area supporting numerous small lakes and the remains of a major rail line yard. The main Trinity River trestle is still in remarkable shape with its iron construction and passable on foot if your careful. The southern trestle is not complete but still in very good condition considering its mainly wooden construction.

Please note that throughout this area are some illicit fishing camps, and a few homeless living in the wild.

There is some graffiti around the trestles but amazingly enough not as much as you would think with over 20 years of non-use.
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Grand Prairie, Texas
United States
Owner: Chesapeake Land Dev Co LLC (Land); Trinity River Authority (Waterways)
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • Wild Animals (Boars), Reptiles (Snakes and Lizards) and Insects (Fleas, Tics and Spiders).
  •  Interesting Features
    Intact former train trestle bridges.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1959
    Closed: 1991
     Required Equipment
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Bug Spray
    The Great Southwest Railroad was a small yet vast switching railroad, chartered on May 7, 1957, to serve industries in Arlington and Grand Prairie, TX. The line was built and operations commenced two years later. It connected to the then-Texas & Pacific line in Arlington, and meandered northward to a connection with the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific at a small community called Tarrant.

    Just a year after it started operations, in 1960, 90% of the GSWRR was purchased by its two connecting railroads, the T&P and the CRI&P, each with a 45% share. In 1985, the Missouri Pacific, which had purchased the T&P, purchased the Rock Island's shares outright, giving MP complete 100% control; the GSWRR was subsequently merged into the MP in 1987.

    Today, some of the tracks are still used to serve local industries by Union Pacific. While its northern connection has been severed (Shutdown and dismantled in 1991) with the Rock Island (which is now owned by the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, on which their Trinity Railway Express commuter trains run), the southern connection with UP still sees about a train daily. Some of the spurs have since been abandoned.
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    Sun, Apr 29th, 2012
    posted by TexasMike

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    Hiking the Line
    Sun, Apr 29th, 2012
    posted by TexasMike
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 4/30/2012 3:15 AM.

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  • on Apr 30 12 at 3:15, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Apr 30 12 at 1:47, TexasMike changed the following: Latitude, Longitude
  • on Apr 30 12 at 1:42, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Apr 30 12 at 0:49, TexasMike changed the following: History
  • on Apr 30 12 at 0:32, TexasMike changed the following: Recommended Equipment
  • on Apr 30 12 at 0:31, TexasMike changed the following: Year Built, Year Closed
  • on Apr 30 12 at 0:30, TexasMike updated a story
  • on Apr 30 12 at 0:29, TexasMike made this location available
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