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  October 7th, 2014 | Written by

Union Pacific Plans New Texas Rail Yard

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Spring, TX – The Union Pacific Railroad has said it will move forward with plans for a new rail yard in Robertson County, Texas, “that will strengthen Texas as a national freight transportation hub, create jobs and deliver significant economic stimulus to the region.”


The facility, known as a classification yard, will function by sorting rail cars by destination on separate tracks from inbound trains to make multiple outbound trains. 

Outbound trains will be fueled, inspected by a mechanical crew, and then depart to local and regional destinations.


Seven different Union Pacific rail lines converge in Southern Robertson County, connecting the markets of Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, the Gulf Coast and the rest of East Texas.


Texas “is experiencing exponential population growth, resulting in increased demand for building materials and consumer goods,” the company said. “The Union Pacific’s new rail facility will help meet the region’s growing freight transportation needs while taking over-the-road trucks off the highways.


One Union Pacific train can carry the same freight as up to 280 trucks, and, according to EPA data, trains are four times more fuel efficient than trucks.