Blazing New Texas Trails
I was thrilled to read the historical note on the back cover of the spring 2016 issue of Spirit magazine regarding our namesake, the original Texas Central Railway, and the role it played in the founding of Texas A&M University.
As a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of ’91 and the managing director of external affairs for today’s iteration of Texas Central Railway, now known simply as Texas Central, I’m humbled to learn that we are but the latest link in a chain that leads all the way back to the birth of our alma mater.
If you’re not aware, Texas Central is developing America’s first high-speed passenger rail system, which will soon connect North Texas and Houston with a stop in the Brazos Valley. It’s exciting to know that, like Texas Central Railway in the late 19th century, our company is blazing a new trail through the Lone Star State—only this time, it’ll be on electrified tracks and running at about 200 miles per hour.
As we press on with this landmark, legacy project, I will continue to draw upon the lessons learned from the pioneers of the original Texas Central Railway and from my time spent as a student at Texas A&M. I feel incredibly blessed to work on a project that will connect the past with the present not only in name, but in function. The opportunity to bring former, current and future students together—safer and faster than ever before—will be a catalyst for ideas that will lead Texas into the future.
Again, thank you so much for sharing this bit of Texas history and the original Spirit of Aggieland with your readers.
Holly Reed ’91