Railroad History Comes To Hearne

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

It's a celebration of a mode of transportation that helped build Texas.

Union Pacific Railroad turns 150 years old this year and to mark the occasion, the city of Hearne held a history filled party.

It's a sound the folks in Hearne are used to.

As trains cross the crossroads of Texas it's easy to see why something with a little history behind it would stick out.

"There's a lot of really old interesting stuff in here," said Pete Morgan with the Hearne Depot.

The Hearne Depot celebrated Union Pacific's 150th anniversary by throwing a party and inviting a very old friend.

"Wonder where I can get a ticket," joked Jim Durden.

Durden drove all the way from College Station to get a look at the E-9 locomotive built in 1950's.

"It's quite a thrill. It really is," said Durden.

For Jim, the streamliner train brings a powerful reminder of America's transportation past.

"Many years ago, old cars didn't run very well and if you were going to go to El Paso, you sure didn't want to drive. So catch that train," said Durden.

Monday night another historical mode of railroad transportation will arrive in Hearne.

A steam locomotive built in the 1940's will be in Hearne for an overnight stay and is scheduled to depart for Taylor around 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

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