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Union Pacific to spend $550 million on massive new rail yard in Texas

Dallas News

Union Pacific is building a new $550 million rail yard in Texas to help sort the growing number of freight cars it is hauling into trains.

The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad says the new Brazos rail yard will be able to switch up to 1,300 rail cars per day. The 1,875-acre facility is being built in Robertson County, about 125 miles south of Dallas.  

The project is designed to help Union Pacific handle future growth in freight traffic on the railroad. It is expected to be completed in 2020.

The new rail yard will be built near where seven Union Pacific rail lines converge in Hearne. That makes it an ideal point to build the yard, which will break apart trains that come into the facility and reassemble cars into new trains headed to their destinations.

Union Pacific said the project is expected to create up to 550 construction-related jobs. A study by Texas A&M University’s Engineering Extension Service predicted the completed yard will contribute $260 million in annual total output for Texas.

The Associated Press

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