Farmers Branch, Texas: 1949 Washout

Discussion in 'Ft. Worth Subdivision' started by Joseph Toth, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. Joseph Toth

    Joseph Toth Member

    On June 13, 1949, a Frisco freight train hit a washout on the Sherman-Carrollton-Irving mainline derailing 18 of the 4o cars in the consist. I have searched for several years seeking information on the washout as it occured behind my grandparent's small farm which was located between the Frisco and old US 77 (now I-35E) in Farmers Branch.

    I finally found a photo of the wreck and story in the San Bernardino Sun newspaper dated June 15, 1949, by searching Google. I enlarged the photo and discovered that several of the cars involved in the derailment belonged to Pacific Fruit Express.

    If you type in the data for this edition of the paper you should bring up the front page where the photograph is shown which accompanies the heading of the artical "11 die in Texas storm". The entire North Texas area was hit by severe flooding. I also found color (!) footage on YouTube of Ft. Worth under water taken by the Ft. Worth Police Deparment. B&W photos of T&P's Lancaster Yard in Ft. Worth were found on another site which includes the large Montomery Ward store as well as other pix of the area.

    If any member should locate additional material that covers the great 1949 North Texas flood relating to the Frisco please share with the rest of us.

    Thank You, Happy Hunting, Enjoy!

    Joe Toth
    The Trinity River Bottoms Boomer of Dallas, Texas
    Derailed in Deutschland!
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  2. r c h

    r c h Ft Worth - Tulsa Engineer

    Here are some matches from the UTA library. Be sure to click the thumbnail for the full-size photos:

    I think this one may be looking southeast along the Frisco toward Montgomery Ward and Bain Peanut, but I'm not positive:

    This one was taken just south of Bain Peanut looking south where the levee is today:

    And the best for last:

    This is what I was able to find, but you could probably find more here:
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  3. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Cool photos. Those military Jeeps are awesome!
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  4. Joseph Toth

    Joseph Toth Member

    Thanks for the assistance. No doubt all railroads in the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area were hit hard by the flood. No doubt there are many more photos of them including the Frisco. A new project to undertake during these lazy crazy days of summer. Appreciate anyone else who finds more to please post.

    Joe Toth
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2017

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