Access by train/transit:
the Ft Worth Central Station is a few blocks (~ half mile) to the north, here you have:
TRE (Trinity Rail Express)
Tower 55 in Ft Worth is one of the busiest diamonds/interlockings outside of
Chicago. There is something going on almost every minute of the day.
It is a grade-level crossing of the double-track east/west Union Pacific line
(ex-Texas & Pacific) and (the now) triple-track north/south BNSF main line (ex-AT&SF).
Trains came to Ft Worth in 1876, and Tower 55 became part of the landscape in 1904
- It was commissioned by the Railroad Commission of Texas (RCT) on September 26, 1904.
When I visited the Dallas/Ft Worth area in 1985, I remember the area being
more open - I have to find my slides :-)
From UP PDF Flyer: Tower 55 is one of the nation’s busiest and most congested rail
intersections. Located just south of downtown Fort Worth,
Texas, Tower 55 holds vital national and international
significance, connecting freight and passenger travel between
the West Coast, Southeast, Midwest, Gulf Coast, Mexico and
Canada. To alleviate congestion and enhance the flow of freight through
Tower 55, Union Pacific, BNSF Railway, and city and regional
governments developed plans to strategically link Texas’ major
economic centers with key domestic and international markets.
Traffic Volume from Flyer #2:
Approximate Train Volume:
BNSF: 30 freights
UP: 50 freights
TRE: 30 trains on weekdays, 18 on Saturday
Amtrak: 4 trains
Nearby Points of Interest
The T&P Passenger Terminal and Fort
Worth ITC are within a half mile of Tower 55. UP’s
Centennial Yard is located
less than 3 miles southwest, near I-30 and University Drive.
Saginaw TX is about 9 miles north of downtown - it is the northern rail
funnel where BNSF’s and UP’s lines cross as they come into Fort Worth.
A few miles farther north is the Alliance Intermodal Terminal and
BNSF’s Alliance Yard where the action is constant.
Railfanning with a buddy or two is recommended, especially as it gets
dark - the area borders some less-than-desirable neighborhoods.
Open Railway Map
Union Pacific RR
This 1976 sci-fi movie had it's closing scene, where everybody came out of
the underground living quarters, at a place which seemed really "out of this
world" (if you saw the movie in the theaters at the time). It was
filmed at the Fort Worth Water Gardens.
Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.
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