Posts Tagged ‘Fort Worth’

The Eagle’s Nest in Fort Worth

November 2, 2016


Few Amtrak trains are named after a state they serve. Two notable exceptions are the California Zephyr and the Texas Eagle.

Both honor the state hosting the western terminus of each route. Both names date back to the era when freight railroads offered their own passenger trains.

The Texas Eagle was a flagship train of the Missouri Pacific, operating between St. Louis and various points in Texas. It had sections for Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth and El Paso.

The Official Guide of the Railways of June 1962 showed that the El Paso section carried numbers 21/22, which are the same numbers that the Amtrak rendition of the Eagle uses today.

Aside from numbers, the MoPac Eagle and the Amtrak Eagle have some other similarities. Both carried through sleepers between St. Louis and Los Angeles, although in Amtrak’s case those cars originate in Chicago.

Amtrak’s Texas Eagle more or less follows the original route of its MoPac predecessor between St. Louis and San Antonio, with a few deviations in Texas.

The westbound Texas Eagle is shown above on March 15, 2005, in Fort Worth, where it connects with Amtrak’s Oklahoma City-Fort Worth Heartland Flyer.

Texas Eagle to Gain new Dallas-Fort Worth Route

December 17, 2014

Amtrak’s Texas Eagle will be taking a different route between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, that is expected to result in faster travel times.

Nos. 21 and 22 will use a former Rock Island line now traveled by commuter trains of the Trinity Railway Express.

The Texas Eagle currently uses a Union Pacific route that has heavy freight traffic.

Amtrak will pay a monthly fee to use the TRE tracks and pay some offset costs that will be borne by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. The move has been five years in the making. Negotiations stalled over $7.2 million in federal funding that stalled because of contract issues, primarily over liability insurance coverage.

Texas authorities in 2009 were awarded a federal grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to double-track part of the TRE line in Tarrant County so Amtrak could use it. “There are a number of details to be worked out with several third parties before the shift to the TRE corridor can take place,” said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari.” DART, The T and Amtrak are working with these third parties to complete these arrangements, and we hope to be able to be able to shift the Texas Eagle to the TRE Corridor during the first quarter 2015.”