Denver Rails -The Railroads of Denver and the West
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Bertram, Texas Depot. Established in 1882, thirty-seven years after Texas? statehood. In 1882 the Austin & Northwestern RR built a line through this site to haul pink granite quarried at Granite Mountain in Marble Falls for construction of the Texas State Capital in Austin. The railroad became the lifeblood of the area. Stock pens and a loading dock were built by the tracks. Cotton, sheep, goats, cotton and wool were shipped by rail and passenger service became a great convenience. When the Austin & Northwestern railroad first laid rails through Bertram the original Bertram depot was constructed and served rail passengers until the end of passenger service in 1937. The depot was demolished in 1964 and the site sat vacant through the 1990?s. The George Peters family of Sandia Texas donated a 1912 San Antonio and Aransas Pass depot from Orange Grove, Texas to the Austin Steam Train Association in 1997. The golden age of Bertram and the railroad ended shortly after World War II. In recent years the railroad has new life through freight and excursions. Long trains of crushed gravel and lumber are run daily and the Austin Steam Train Association brings visitors on weekends. ASTA volunteers moved that depot to this site in March of 1998 and have accurately restored it over a five year period. Thanks to their hard work and dedication the old depot has come back to like and now serves the passengers of the Austin & Texas Central Railroad Flyer Trains. (view looking northeast, across Texas Highway 29)
(submitted by Tedd Liggett f22 on 03/04/09)
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