Steve Allen Goen has been documenting the railroads of Texas since 1967, the same year that the FW&D's TEXAS ZEPHYR was discontinued. Since that time he has taken thousands of still images and miles of movie film and video from all across Texas. As a boy his love for Texas Railroad History led him to begin collecting newspaper articles about the state's final passenger trains as well as the closings of hundreds of train depots. In college he started collecting info and photos of the ghost railroads of North Central Texas which ultimately became the first of his many written histories.
In 1996 Steve published his first book, "Fort Worth & Denver Color Pictorial". In the years that followed Steve published seven more titles including "Texas & Pacific Color Pictorial", "Cotton Belt Color Pictorial", Kansas City Southern Color Pictorial", "Santa Fe in the Lone Star State", "Down South on the Rock Island", "Texas & New Orleans Color Pictorial" and "Miss Katy in the Lone Star State".
Steve has been the guest speaker at numerous museums and universities across Texas including Texas A&M, Southern Methodist University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M-Commerce, Midwestern State University, the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and the Allen Public Library.
Goen is considered one of the state's leading railroad historians, with a special interest in the Lone Star State's one time network of passenger trains.
Steve has a vast railroad photograph collection numbering in the thousands. The majority of these photos were taken between 1940 and 1970 during the glory days of railroading in Texas when streamliners crossed the state each day. Trains like the TEXAS SPECIAL, SUNSET LIMITED, CALIFORNIA SPECIAL, THE ANGELO, SAM HOUSTON ZEPHYR, VALLEY EAGLE, TEXAS CHIEF, SUNBEAM and the Cotton Belt's LONE STAR. His series of books bring this period of Texas history back to life.
At one time almost every city and town in Texas was served by some type of passenger train. From the streamlined "name trains", to the makes-all-stops mail and express trains, to "doodlebugs", to "mixed trains", Texas had it all. Join Steve as he takes you back in time when the arrival of the passenger train was the high point of the day for countless towns across Texas.
In the first of a series of books showcasing the passenger trains of Texas, Steve features the passenger operations of the St. Louis Southwestern Railroad, or more commonly known as the Cotton Belt, between the Victorian Era of the 1890s up to its final mixed train in 1958. In this 144 page hardback book Goen offers an in depth look at the passenger trains that once operated on each SLSW line in Texas. The book features both B&W and color images of the LONE STAR and MORNING STAR trains, the JITNEY in East Texas, gas electrics on the Stephenville, North & South Texas Railroad, mixed trains to Sherman, Gatesville and more.
It's hard to believe but prior to the construction of the Dallas North Tollway Cotton Belt passenger trains once entered Dallas from Addison over their own trackage and down this same right of way. Our book features many scenes taken along this now abandoned line, including numerous images of the LONE STAR and MORNING STAR at University Station.
Goen's new Cotton Belt book takes you back to the glory days of Mount Pleasant, Texas when four different passenger trains all arrived in town each afternoon within the span of just thirty minutes. Trains to and from Dallas, and between Tyler and St. Louis, all made the historic Mount Pleasant depot the main place to visit to see Cotton Belt trains in action in the 1940s and 1950s.
The retail price of "Passenger Trains of Texas - Cotton Belt" is $59.95. Shipping is $6.00 and Texas residents must add 8.25% state sales tax. The book is now out and ready for the Fall 2019 train show season.
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This is a very limited press run and if you have any of Steve Goen's other books you know how fast they sell out and how expensive they have become over the years. Be sure to get you order in today or you might be left waiting at the station!
Our newest product... A 67 minute long DVD documentary featuring Union Pacific BIG BOY 4014's November 2019 trek across the Lone Star State. From El Paso to San Antonio to Marshall, it's all here on one great DVD. See the 4014 on Paisano Pass, crossing the Pecos River High Bridge, and running across Central Texas along with UP 4141, the President George Bush unit. Check out our official trailer at
We love our customers, so feel free to visit us during many of the region's upcoming train shows.
Tyler Train Show - March 21-22, 2020
New Braunfels Train Show - April 18-19, 2020
Program and lecture at the SMU DeGolyer Library - Tuesday, May 5, 2020 (6:00 pm)
We will also be scheduling additional book signings at other towns that were located along the Cotton Belt. Check back with us in mid 2020 to see an updated schedule.
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