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WARREN CENTRAL RAILROAD

WARREN CENTRAL RAILROAD. The Warren Central Railroad was chartered on July 15, 1930, to build a seventeen-mile railroad in Harris County from a connection with the Missouri-Kansas-Texas of Texas at Katy to milepost 33 on the Houston and Texas Central. Construction began immediately on the line, which was expected to serve the mine of the Houston Salt Company and the proposed Tidewater Gypsum Company mine, both located on the Hockley Dome, four miles south of Hockley. The capital was $50,000; the principal place of business was Houston. The members of the first board of directors were J. E. Browne, William S. Lehrer, G. M. Jackson, Howard Kenyon, J. S. Edmundson, Wilhelmina Kenyon, and Emma Lehrer, all of Houston. The Warren Central and the Houston and Texas Central both applied to the Interstate Commerce Commission for permission to serve the mines, and the Warren Central was virtually complete by the time the commission ruled in favor of the Houston and Texas Central. As a result of the decision the portion of the Warren Central between Katy and the salt mine was placed in intrastate service, and the four miles to milepost thirty-three were not operated. Revenue was insufficient to repay construction debts or rental on the rails leased from the Missouri-Kansas-Texas of Texas. On August 26, 1932, the Warren Central entered bankruptcy in order to avoid a court-ordered foreclosure sale for failure to pay the Texas Creosoting Company for ties and other materials. The receiver, Jeff N. Miller, offered the line at public sale at the Harris County Courthouse on April 2, 1934, but received no firm bids for the railroad. In order to recover its property, the Texas Creosoting Company purchased the Warren Central at a private sale on December 18, 1934. The portion from milepost thirty-three to the mine was resold to the Texas and New Orleans Railroad, successor to the Houston and Texas Central, on February 5, 1935, and the balance of the railroad was abandoned.

George C. Werner

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

George C. Werner, "WARREN CENTRAL RAILROAD," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/eqw05), accessed August 22, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.