Research

We are in the process of digitizing many of our collections and have decided to make some of them available to view and download online. Please check back often as we add to the online collection of digital resources.

Collections » Railroad Records and Collections

Springer, Fred M., Collection of East Texas Railroad Photographs

Fred M. Springer was an engineer for Mobil Pipe Line Company and a lifelong railroad and photography enthusiast. This collection consists of 53 8x10 black and white prints created from Springer's original negatives, showing steam locomotives, diesel locomotives, and freight cars of the Southern Pine Lumber Company and Texas South-Eastern Railroad Company, as well as railroad stations in Diboll, Burke, and Palestine.


MC&SA Engine 6 turntabe at Moscow, 1956

MC&SA Engine 6 Wood Combine Moscow, 1956

Burke Depot Mail Shed, 1948

Burke Depot Mail Shed 2, 1948

Palestine Texas State Railroad Depot, 1963

Southern Pine Lumber Company Engine 1, 1963

Southern Pine Lumber Company Engine 28, 1963

Southern Pine Lumber Company Engine 1007, 1963

Burke Mail Shed, 1948

Burke Mail Shed, 1948

Burke railroad mail shed on the tracks of the Texas & New Orleans Railroad (Southern Pacific), 1948. Original station was built c. 1881, and it is unclear when this structure replaced it.  Passenger service to Burke ceased in 1955 and the station was razed shortly thereafter.

Burke Mail Shed, 1948

Burke Mail Shed, 1948

Backside view of the Burke railroad mail shed on the tracks of the Texas & New Orleans Railroad (Southern Pacific), 1948.

Texas South Eastern Railroad Depot, 1948

Texas South Eastern Railroad Depot, 1948

A photograph of the Texas South-Eastern Railroad Company Depot, Diboll, TX 1948. The building was constructed c. 1909 and expanded in 1927. The TSE ceased passenger service in 1942, and the depot was torn down c. 1949 after a new TSE office was built adjacent to the south that same year.

Texas South Eastern Railroad Car Shops, 1948

Texas South Eastern Railroad Car Shops, 1948

Texas South-Eastern Railroad Car Shops with wooden ladder, Diboll, TX 1918

Antiquated Steam Log Loader and Skidder, 1948

Antiquated Steam Log Loader and Skidder, 1948

Remnants of an antiquated steam log loader set aside for scrap, Diboll, TX 1948

Antiquated Steam Log Loader and Skidder, 1948

Antiquated Steam Log Loader and Skidder, 1948

A photograph showing the remnants of a steam log loader and skidder set aside for scrap, Diboll, TX 1948

Antiquated Steam Log Loader and Skidder, 1948

Antiquated Steam Log Loader and Skidder, 1948

Remnants if a steam log loader and skidder set aside for scrap, Diboll, TX, 1948

Southern Pine Lumber Company Engine 5, 1948

Southern Pine Lumber Company Engine 5, 1948

Southern Pine Lumber Company Engine 5's tender. Engine 5 was a Baldwin 2-6-0 built in May 1905 and purchased new.  It was later sold for operation at White's Uvalde Mines, and then sold to Ubana Gravel Company in 1951.  The engine was scrapped in either 1954 or 1956.

Texas South Eastern Railroad Engine 11, 1948

Texas South Eastern Railroad Engine 11, 1948

Engine 11 coupled with what is possibly Caboose 3.Engine 11 was a 60-ton Baldwin 2-6-2 "Prairie Type" locomotive built in 1912.It was purchased new for $11,000 and scrapped in 1957.

Texas South Eastern Railroad Engine 11, 1948

Texas South Eastern Railroad Engine 11, 1948

Side view of Engine 11 coupled with what is possibly Caboose 3.

Texas South Eastern Railroad Engine 14, 1948

Texas South Eastern Railroad Engine 14, 1948

Engine 14, a Baldwin 2-6-2 steam locomotive built in 1919.It was purchased new by the Southern Pine Lumber Company for $24,000, transferred to the TSE in 1936, and scrapped in 1957.

Texas South Eastern Railroad Engine 14, 1948

Texas South Eastern Railroad Engine 14, 1948

Side view of Engine 14, a Baldwin 2-6-2 steam locomotive built in 1919. 

Texas South Eastern Railroad New Office, 1961

Texas South Eastern Railroad New Office, 1961

A photograph of the new TSE office building, showing Engine 13 in the background.It was built c. 1949 and served the TSE until 1971 when the office was moved to Pine Valley Road, Diboll, Texas.

Southern Pine Lumber Company Engine 13, 1961-1962

Southern Pine Lumber Company Engine 13, 1961-1962

Engine 13, a 68-ton Baldwin 4-6-0 built in 1920 and purchased new for $32,561.  Southern Pine Lumber originally desired a heavier 2-8-2 locomotive to haul logs from White City, San Augustine County, to the company's Diboll sawmills via the St. Louis Southwestern Railway (Cotton Belt) right of way.  Cotton Belt officials said such a locomotive would be too heavy for the line's trestles between White City and Lufkin.  So the 4-6-0 model was purchased instead.  Engine 13's last operation was likely in 1964 when it rescued Engine 22 that had derailed in Lufkin.  The engine is on display at The History Center, Diboll, TX.

Southern Pine Lumber Company Engine 13, 1961-1962

Southern Pine Lumber Company Engine 13, 1961-1962

Side view of Engine 13, a 68-ton Baldwin 4-6-0 built in 1920

Southern Pine Lumber Company Engine 13, 1961-1962

Southern Pine Lumber Company Engine 13, 1961-1962

Side view of Engine 13, a 68-ton Baldwin 4-6-0 built in 1920, leaving the fiberboard plant in Diboll, Tx.

Page 1 of 3 pages  1 2 3 >