TSE Boxcars

Late in 2005 while driving along East 7th Street I found a string of Texas South-Eastern Railroad Company (reporting mark TSE) boxcars parked up near the HEB supermarket. With trusty digital camera in hand I took as many detail shots of the cars as I had time to do so.

About TSE

TSE provides switching services from Diboll, TX, with 12 miles of yard track. Traffic includes lumber and forest products. The company was incorporated October 9, 1900, and has been controlled by Temple-Inland Corporation since 1992. In July 2013, Georgia Pacific Corporation purchased the Diboll, TX Temple-Inland Building Products facilities, including the TSE. They interchange with the Union Pacific in Diboll, TX.

About the images

These images were taken on Calles St, down behind the HEB Supermarket on E 7th Street in 2005.  I’d not seen these cars before, nor did I see them again after this one time in the area. Thanks to Paul’s comment, I can now fill in some more information about cars. You can see Pauls comment below.

These cars were an empty in loads out operation for Balcones Recycling. Paul states “Those cars came in empty. We would spot six at a time Balcones Recycling and they would be loaded with waste paper. There was about 30 of these cars that were in captured service. We would send the loaded cars out on the UP. They did not come in loaded with lumber.” If you have any information please leave a comment and let me know.

As I have models of this type of car I wanted some general and detail photos of the cars and the weathering (and graffiti as it happened) for my reference.

Car Details

  • Type: Box Car
  • AAR Class: XM: Box car for general service equipped with side or side and end doors.
  • AAR Type: B314
  • Detail Info: Unequipped Box Car, Inside Length: 49′ to 59′, Sliding doors, inside width 9ft 6in and over, Door opening 10ft to 11ft
  • Plate: C
  • Builder: FMC Corp.
  • Max Gross Weight: 220000
  • Load Limit: 158200
  • Dry Capacity: 5347 Cu Ft
  • Ext L/W/H: 55′ 10″ / 10′ 8″ / 15′ 6″
  • Int L/W/H: 50′ 6″ / 9′ 6″ / 11′ 1″

Further research

You can find more information on the cars and other images over at the Texas South-Eastern Railroad Company Rolling Stock Photographic Roster on RRPicturesArchive.net

Note that all images were taken from the street and involved no trespassing on railroad or private property. All images are Copyright I Andrew Martin 2005. Images may not be used without permission.

2 Responses to TSE Boxcars

  1. Paul says:

    Those cars came in empty. We would spot six at a time Balcones Recycling and they would be loaded with waste paper. There was about 30 of these cars that were in captured service. We would send the loaded cars out on the UP. They did not come in loaded with lumber. East end lumber is now long gone, and it has been at least 40 years since they received rail service.

    • Paul;
      Thanks for the information on the TSE boxcars. Being a. an Aussie then living in Austin, and b. An Aussie then living in Austin, I had to guess. Nice knowing they were Empties in and loads out, for Balcones Recycling, filled with waste paper. That completes the picture for me. I appreciate the feedback.

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