Shreveport, La. (Texas Junction)

Hub of the Kansas City Southern
Shreveport is profiled in Kalmbach's Guide to North American Hot Spots by TRAINS Senior Editor J. David Ingles. Read below for Shreveport information.

Site: Shreveport, Louisiana

Popular Name: Texas Junction

Location: Louisiana B-1 (Rand McNally Atlas)

Directions: 10 miles northwest of downtown Shreveport. From I-220 (a freeway loop around the north side of Shreveport), exit at Louisiana Hwy. 173. The site is 6.5 miles northwest, just off Louisiana 173.

Description: Junction of north-south and east-west Kansas City Southern main lines, in the northwest corner of Louisiana not far from the Texas state line. The junction is at the north end of Deramus Yard, KCS's principal yard and system locomotive shop.

Type of Operation: Mainline freight action on both lines, mostly manifest, grain, and intermodal, plus several coal trains. Welsh, Texas, coal trains (2 daily) turn west at Texas Junction. All other north-south trains continue to Deramus Yard. East-west trains all enter Deramus Yard.

Typical Motive Power: EMD GP38-2s, GP40-2s, SD40-2s, SD60s, SD70MACS (BNSF); GE AC4400CWs

Peak Operating Hours: Traffic usually heavy in early morning and late afternoon, generally heavier between Thursday and Saturday

Approximate Daily Train Frequency: 40 or more trains, depending on the day of week, export grain movements, and coal train frequency

Radio Frequencies: 160.260, 160.350 (road); 160.890, 160.305 (terminal)

Nearby Pints of Interest: Numerous junctions and crossings in downtown Shreveport. Union Pacific (former southern Pacific) runs one-way on KCS between Spring Street Junctions and Jordan Street Crossover. KCS lines to Vicksburg, Mississippi; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Beaumont, Texas, radiate east and south, respectively.

Remarks: Gas and food are available in nearby Blanchard. Lodging and other conveniences are available in Shreveport.

Safety Considerations: Park on west shoulder of Louisiana 173, near the junction.

References: "The Kansas City Southern Story," August and September 1979 TRAINS; "Mike's Big Railroad," August 2003 TRAINS

Contributor's Name: Mike Harbour
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