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Texas, Gonzales, and Northern Railroad
Gonzales, Texas

by Jack Teagarden
On your way to the Old Cemetery you may pass what appears to be a well kept depot with or without a switching locomotive alongside (The 800 block of St. Peter St.). This is an increasingly rare "Short Line" railroad, running only 12 miles from Gonzales to Harwood.  As it was explained to us, the train carries grain to Purina and exports from Southern Clay. It's a handy thing to have for a small town. Especially if you're bringing in (or taking out) anything extremely heavy. The train operates Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I spoke with General Manager Stanley Bias (an appropriate name, since the railroad runs diagonally across the county) and found that it's actually 12.3 miles to Harwood and he should know.

The entire railroad consists of the one locomotive and one of those trucks that rides down the rails. Mr. Bias (it's also a great name for getting out of jury duty) is one of those rare people who can sport a bumper sticker saying: "My other car is a locomotive."Mr. Bias gets to witness many glimpses of wildlife, since deer don't keep to the same timetable. Bobcats are occasionally seen as well.

Summer, 1999

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