In General
Getting Here


In General

Location / Name:
Houston TX, Harris County

What's Here:
T&NO Junction
Metrorail Light Rail Purple Line
Off peak LRV storage tracks

GPS Coordinates: 29.695416, -95.326726
Phone A/C: 713
ZIP: 77033

Access by train/transit:
Light Rail - Purple line Palm Center Transit Center Station (4 blocks away)

The Scoop:

T&NO Junction is a crossing and interchange between the UP and the BNSF.  BNSF runs N-S, and the UP runs more or less E-W.  The junction got it's name from the former Texas and New Orleans RR that used to run on the UP Line.  I do not know when the single interchange track was put in, but it does not show up on the 1955 USGS map below.

Robert Pierce of SW
Denver Todd

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:

Getting Here

From the inner loop of I-610, take exit 34A, which is labeled S Wayside Drive/Long Dr, but the last sign is a quarter mile from the exit, the exit itself has no labeling, which is odd for Texas highways.  Take the frontage road, go thru Wayside Dr to Long Dr, and take a right at the Citgo station on the right.

From the outer loop, take exit 34A, again, labeled Long Dr/Wayside Dr, and take a left at the bottom of the ramp, this is Long Dr, take it up to the junction.


the above map is available as a PDF here  


  the T&NO Diamond

  Light Rail Palm Center Transit Center Station

  Light Rail Storage Tracks

GPS Coordinates: 29.696381, -95.328660

  the storage tracks before construction started


 Cantilever Signal Bridge with Colorlight Signals -- 2 NB/3SB?

  WB Single Head Colorlight Signal

  NB and SB Single Head Colorlight Signals

  Single Head NB Colorlight Signals

  2 Head Colorlight Signal for the Interchange Track

 No Left Turn Signal

Not a "real" signal per se, but nevertheless, they are rare in these here parts.....

  EB 2 Head Colorlight Signal

  Yard Signals

These appear to be to the "small" LED signals popping up everywhere in yards and on smaller railroads lines.  You can also kinda see it in the third photo below.


I cruised thru Google and Bing images, and came up with these three photos by Robert Pierce of SW
In the first picture, you can plainly see the searchlight signal on the SB side before UP and BNSF replaced all the "old" signals....


I hate it when Google Maps goes awry.....

far :-)

Historical USGS Maps

Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.


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Aerial shots were taken from either Google Maps or as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

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