Howdy from Big D

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Doug A., Aug 15, 2020.

  1. Doug A.

    Doug A. Member

    Greetings all,

    Doug from Dallas, TX...grew up northwest of Dallas on the FW&D mainline and saw the occasional Frisco power run through. So, primarily a BN fan but I loved all the Texas railroading in the 70's and 80's (and beyond) including Frisco, MoPac, Katy, et al.

    My main interest at the moment, though, is Quanah. I am attempting to model a portion of BNSF's ex FW&D lines, likely Wichita Falls to Quanah give or take. Since my hometown is Bowie, I don't know a lot about the area northwest of Wichita Falls and just want to see what information I can gather about the operations (even during QA&P and Frisco times) the industries served there, the scenery, etc.

    Looking forward to some good, positive interactions with you all, talking trains.


    Doug A.
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  2. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Doug, Welcome Aboard. There is info plenty and plenty of Quanah fans here. Take a deep dive, make use of the Search engine and enjoy!
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  3. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Welcome to the group, Doug, and enjoy a look around.
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  4. Doug A.

    Doug A. Member

    Keith, thank you. I have already spent a nice bit of time avoiding this 110deg Dallas heat searching for "Quanah" and finding quite a bit.

    Chris, thanks for the welcome.

    I forgot to mention...I also belong to Trainboard so the site and features (and even some participants) seem familiar. I've been on Trainboard for what seems like a couple of decades now.
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  5. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Welcome to Frisco website Doug.

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  6. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Welcome. :D
    I traveled many times between WF an QA. Dont forget the Frisco went to Vernon too, from the North.
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  7. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Welcome, Doug. My mom's dad was a lineman on the QA&P for most of his career until 1955. I grew up in Dallas, graduated from UTA, lived in Colorado several years, but we are now back in Texas living in Rule. Most of my immediate family is now in Carrollton.

    The FW&D attempted to buy the QA&P after a cave in of the Clarity tunnel, but the AT&SF wouldn't give the FW&D trackage rights, so the deal fell through.

    The Acme in QA&P is a large gypsum (drywall) plant. There was actually a tiny depot there. It is 6 miles northwest of Quanah. West of Childress you start getting into the ups and downs associated with the rise to the caprock.

    The Orient Line, which becamee the AT&SF somewhere around 1926, crossed the FW&D at Chillecothe.

    Have fun on the forum,

    Paul Moore
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  8. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    Welcome Doug!
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  9. jarnett

    jarnett Member

    Welcome! I'm a returning member and model Frisco in Z Scale in Fort Worth. Maybe one day we can get together and chat!

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  10. Doug A.

    Doug A. Member

    Jim, something tells me we already do! ;):ROFLMAO:

    I am fully embracing the idea of modeling Quanah now, (also in Z, as you know) to the point that in the spirit of "not biting off more than I can chew" I may just model Quanah and Chillicothe only/first. That gives me some nice small town Texas vibes, a handful of industries for some easy ops, plus a small yard and interchange into Oklahoma. And, I will still keep my main focus on the mainline running and getting trains past each other. Passing sidings and signaling will be a key feature....I have already started buying parts to build working searchlight signals that were the norm for the area.

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