Southwestern Railroad

By: David W. Gilbreath

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: July 1, 1995

There were two unrelated railroad companies in Texas to operate as the Southwestern Railroad or Southwestern Railway. The first, the Southwestern Railway Company, was chartered on May 17, 1907, to build a road from Henrietta in Clay County southwest to a point ten miles south of Archer City in Archer County. The capital was $35,000, and the business office was located at Henrietta. Members of the first board of directors included Henry J. Scott of Toronto, Canada; Henry James and Edward A. Hughes of Abilene; W. S. James of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; J. B. Stakes of Baird; T. L. Freyer of Fort Worth; and A. B. Edwards, W. H. Fetherston, and William B. Worsham of Henrietta. The company acquired and rebuilt the grade constructed by the Red River and Southwestern Railway between Henrietta and Archer City and in 1908 constructed 19½ miles of track between Henrietta and Scotland. Another 9.59 miles was completed in 1910 between Scotland and Archer City. In 1916 the company owned two locomotives, two passenger cars, two freight cars, and two company service cars. Earnings that year were $2,863 in passenger revenue, $14,952 in freight revenue, and $292 in other revenue. The line hauled agricultural products such as grain and livestock, but was not profitable. In 1918 it incurred a deficit of $4,189, and revenues had declined from previous years. The company's liabilities grew from $80,000 in 1913 to $643,000 in 1918. The twenty-nine miles of track were abandoned in 1920.

The second company, the Southwestern Railroad Company, began operation in 1990 over the former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe branch from Shattuck, Oklahoma, to Morse, Texas. The eighteen miles between Spearman and Morse was subsequently abandoned. The Southwestern is a subsidiary of Western Railroad Builders of Odgen, Utah, and also operates other former Santa Fe lines in New Mexico. The Texas office is at Perryton.

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

David W. Gilbreath, “Southwestern Railroad,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 26, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 1, 1995