News Wire: Texas short line railroad starts construction on new 9-mile segment

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Posted by Brian Schmidt on Thursday, September 07, 2017 8:47 AM

HONDO, Texas — A project that looks to build a new freight rail line west of San Antonio is moving forward with preliminary surveying and right-of-way work. The Southwest Gulf Railroad Co. recently announced it has started construction on its...

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Posted by rdamon on Thursday, September 07, 2017 9:06 AM

SGRR Website

http://sgrr.com/medinaline/

 

There is an interactive map ..  looks like the target customer may be this rock/stone operation.

 

 

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Posted by MidlandMike on Thursday, September 07, 2017 9:59 PM

There is also a larger quarry to the SW, or W of the rail line's end loop.  Maybe they plan a new quarry at the loop.

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, September 07, 2017 10:45 PM

I like to do some detective work on lines like this - just to figure out where they're going, etc.  Little did I expect what I found when I searched the railroad name.

Turns out there has been significant local opposition to the building of the line, as some portions of the necessary property have apparently been taken by eminent domain...

Many are not happy with the quarry, either.

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Posted by MidlandMike on Friday, September 08, 2017 9:07 PM

I kind of figured that's why the line was build as a common carrier rather than an industrial line, for the eminent domain options.

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Posted by CMStPnP on Saturday, September 09, 2017 10:20 PM

tree68

I like to do some detective work on lines like this - just to figure out where they're going, etc.  Little did I expect what I found when I searched the railroad name.

Turns out there has been significant local opposition to the building of the line, as some portions of the necessary property have apparently been taken by eminent domain...

Many are not happy with the quarry, either.

These aggregate railroads are common in Texas.    Check out the Georgetown Railroad (reporting marks GRR).      They supply aggregate trains to both BNSF and Union Pacific, some of the trains are for ballasting their own lines via their MoW departments, watch the videos below as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1al-QZmMZwA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeQRsWqSf3U

 

 

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