Forest Park Miniature Railroad

Gallery 4: The Train in Flood


These photographs were taken by Senior Engineer James Alling on 28 June 2004 during the heavy rain and flooding in Forest and Trinity Parks. The FPMRR was closed on this day, but opened on 29 June 2004 when the rain and flooding had passed. If you would like copies of any of these photos, please contact Senior Engineer James Alling External Link.

Loading... The Draw Bridge photographed at 12:15 from the cab of Senior Engineer James Alling's truck. The "puddle" around the bridge is the Trinity Park Creek. At this point, it was approximately eight feet deep and rising at one foot per minute.
Loading... Trinity Park Creek at 12:15 at River Drive where it enters a culvert under this road on its way to the Clear Fork of the Trinity River.
Loading... A view up the Trinity Park Creek looking toward the Fort Worth and Western Railroad trestle from River Drive at 12:15. The tree in the middle of the creek is approximately eight feet tall.
Loading... The north side of Trinity Park Drive where the Trinity Park Creek croses under it. The time is 12:15.
Loading... The south side of Trinity Park Drive where the Trinity Park Creek crosses under it. The time is 12:15.
Loading... A storm drain draining a low area of Forest Park Boulevard into the Clear Fork at 12:20. This was photographed from Trinity Park Drive looking east.
Loading... The flood gauge, showing 6.4 feet above flood stage, under the Union Pacific truss bridge across the Clear Fork of the Trinity River at 12:20.
Loading... The spillway below the Union Pacific truss bridge at 12:20, photographed from Old University Drive.
Loading... The FPMRR Girder Bridge at 13:00, photographed from the west bank of the Clear Fork. If you look closely, you will see that the Girder Bridge is a downgrade for trains outbound from the Forest Park Depot. You can also see the FPMRR Truss Bridge in the background.
Loading... A closer view of the east end of the Girder Bridge with a better view of the Truss Bridge at 13:00.
Loading... The view west down Colonial Parkway at 13:00 looking west from the Zoo entrance toward the entrance to the Forest Park Miniature Railroad. The water comes from the flooded Zoo Creek as it tries to drain into the Clear Fork of the Trinity River; the water covering Colonial Parkway is 1.5 to 2 feet deep.
Loading... Looking west in the Zoo parking lot at 13:00.
Loading... Another view west in the Zoo parking lot at 13:00.
Loading... Looking south in the Zoo parking lot at 13:00. The building to the left in the background is the Zoo entrance.
Loading... A view of Colonial Parkway from University Drive at 13:00. The water in the area to the left of Colonial Parkway is over a foot deep.
Loading... A panel truck and a police car swimming down Colonial Parkway at 13:00.
Loading... The same two cars still swimming down Colonial Parkway at 13:00.
Loading... The bridge at the entrance to the Forest Park Miniature Railroad off Colonial Parkway at 13:30, photographed from Trinity Trail on the west bank of the Clear Fork.
Loading... The Truss Bridge photographed from Trinity Trail at 13:30.
Loading... A closer view of the Truss Bridge photographed from Trinity Trail at 13:30.
Loading... All 350 feet of the Girder Bridge from Trinity Trail at 13:30. The concrete building to the left of the photograph is the Clear Fork Pump Station on Old University Drive. The vehicle bridge behind the Girder Bridge is Vickery. The truss bridge beyond Vickery is the Union Pacific.
Loading... A closer view of the west end of the Girder Bridge and the Clear Fork Pump Station at 13:30.
Loading... The east abutment of the Girder Bridge at 13:30.
Loading... The flood gauge, still showing 6.4 feet above flood stage, under the Union Pacific truss bridge across the Clear Fork of the Trinity River at 13:30.
Loading... A view of the Union Pacific truss bridge from the spillway with the flood gauge showing at 13:30.
Loading... The spillway at 13:30.
Loading... The Draw Bridge from Trinity Park Drive at 13:30, looking toward the Fort Worth and Western trestle.
Loading... A closer view of the Draw Bridge at 13:30.
Loading... River Drive at Trinity Park Creek at 13:30.
Loading... Trinity Park Drive at Trinity Park Creek at 13:30.
Loading... The north side of Trinity Park Drive at Trinity Park Creek at 14:00.
Loading... Draw Bridge at 14:00.
Loading... The North Bridge at 14:00. The water under the bridge is 2.5 to 3 feet deep; the water in Trinity Park Creek behind the North Bridge is five feet deep.

Forest Park Miniature Railroad
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