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Railroads in Texas

a train moves across Grayson County.

A train moves across Grayson County. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

In Texas in 2011 there were 46 railroad companies, carrying 379.3 million tons of freight over 10,425 miles of track. That is the most miles of track in any state. Illinois is second with 7,027, followed by Ohio with 5,338.

 Class of Railroad in Texas Number Miles Operated
Class I  3 12,250
     Union Pacific Railroad Co.   6,319
     BNSF Railway Co.    5,110
     Kansas City Southern Railway Co.    821
Regional  0  0
Local  23  1,259
Switching & Terminal  20  1,027
Total  46  14,536
TOTAL excluding trackage rights1
10,425
 1Track provided by another railroad.

 

map of Texas railroads

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A Class I railroad has operating revenues of at least $433.2 million.

A regional railroad has revenues of at least $40 million, or operates at least 350 miles of track and has revenues of at least $20 million.  

A local railroad engages in line-haul service but does not meet the criteria for Class I or regional.  

Switching and terminal railroads engage primarily in terminal services for other railroads.

 

 Freight Originated in Texas in 2011 Carloads Tons
Chemicals  406,800 35,063,000
Gravel, crushed stone, sand 164,100 16,025,000
Petroleum products & coal products 87,200  7,607,000
Intermodal 671,500  8,435,000
Farm Products  36,300 2,807,000
Other  471,500  19,347,000
TOTAL 1,837,400 89,284,000

  

 Freight Terminated in Texas in 2011 Carloads Tons
Coal  545,500 65,507,000
Gravel, crushed stone, sand 291,200 29,549,000
Chemicals 294,700  25,710,000
Farm Products 215,400  22,154,000
Food Products  172,400 12,878,000
Other  1,473,200  46,627,000
TOTAL 2,992,500 202,425,000

 

State Rankings for Freight Carried in 2011

Originated Tons Terminated Tons
1. Wyoming 472.5 million 1. Texas 202.4 million
2. Illinois 112.3 million 2. Illinois 158.7 million
3. West Virginia 104.7 million 3. California 97.4 million
4. Minnesota 90.9 million 4. Ohio 83.3 million
5. Texas 89.3 million 5. Virginia 77.6 million

 

 Source: Association of American Railroads.

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