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Todd's Railfan Guide to
AUSTIN TX
Capital MetroRail Commuter Line

In General
Getting Here
Map
Station by Station
Sights
Pictures
Signals
Floobydust
USGS Maps
 

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In General

Location / Name:
    Austin TX

What's Here:
     the Capitol MetroRail Red Line commuter rail system

Data:
     GPS Coordinates: 30.265000, -97.739279 (downtown station)
     GPS Coordinates: 30.325217, -97.722563 (shops)
     Website: http://www.capmetro.org/metrorail/

Access by train/transit:
     Austin Amtrak Station, then bus

The Scoop:

Austin's Capital MetroRail Red Line opened for business to the public on March 22nd, 2010.  It is the first local rail system to operate after the city's streetcar line shutdown in 1940.

The system uses cars known as a DMU, Diesel Multiple Unit.  There are no overhead wires as commonly found in a typical light rail system.  Instead, the trains are self powered using a diesel engine.  Several systems already use DMU's, such as NJT's River Line , and Ottawa's O-train light rail line.



The line is 32 miles long, and goes from downtown Austin northwest to Leander.  The line runs over a portion of the former Southern Pacific Railroad.




Acknowledgements:

Thanks to Denver Todd for his help with my railfan guides and suggesting welcome changes to help all ya'll.

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:

Aerial shots were taken from either Google Maps or www.bing.com/maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

 

Getting Here

Getting to G


Map

 


Station by Station


Leander



 


Lakeline


Howard



Kramer




 


the Shops




 


Crestview




Highland


MLK Jr


Plaza Saltillo


Downtown



  








Signals








Pictures











 




Floobydust


   

 

 

    OOOOOPS

 

 


Historical USGS Maps


Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.  Downtown section of a 1988 map.


Disclaimers:

I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.  My webpages are an attempt at putting everything I can find of the subject in one convenient place.  There are plenty of other good websites to help me in this effort, and they are listed in the links section on my indexa page, or as needed on individual pages.  Please do not write to me about something that may be incorrect, and then hound the heck out of me if I do not respond to you in the manner you would like.  I operate on the "Golden Rule Principle", and if you are not familiar with it, please acquaint yourself with how to treat people by reading Mathew 7:12 (among others, the principle exists in almost every religion).  If you contact me (like some do, hi Paul) and try to make it a "non-fun" thing and start with the name calling, your name will go into my spambox list! :-)

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names.  Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations.  I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area.  Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature.  While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!  

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.

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