Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway
The Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway was an American shortline railroad based in the small West Texas town of Roscoe.
The line was abandoned between Snyder and Fluvanna prior to 1945, and passenger service ended in 1953. The line between Roscoe and Snyder was abandoned in 1984 because of deregulation associated with the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which made it difficult for the company to compete. A small portion of the line that connects to the Union Pacific near Roscoe still serves a railroad car rebuilding facility and provides storage of rail cars awaiting repair.
The Rise and Fall of Wastella
Wastella was platted eight miles northwest of Roscoe on land provided by Will Neeley when the Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway was constructed in 1908. Neely named the town site for his eldest daughter, Wastella.
Wastella grew slowly and was never very large but at one time it had a couple of stores, a hotel, a school, and a post office that opened in 1907. Despite its key location along the Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway, Wastella suffered from its close proximity to more significant towns such as Snyder, Roscoe, and Hermleigh. The post office closed in the early 1930s. In 1980 and 1990 the population was thirteen, and the population dropped to only four in 2000.
Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railway Overview
Reporting mark: RSP
Locale: West Texas
Dates of operation: 1908–1984
Successor: BNSF, Union Pacific
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters: Roscoe, Texas
Inside the Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway Freight Depot, most likely before 1941.
By Unknown (most likely before 1941) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons
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Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific advertising on a cigarette lighter manufactured by Rolex.
Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific locomotive No. 500.
The Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railway in 1916.
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