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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 2012 there were 49 railroad companies, carrying close to 300 million tons of freight over 10,469 miles of track. That is the most miles of track in any state. Illinois is second with 6,986, followed by California with 5,295.

 Class of Railroad in Texas Number Miles Operated
Class I  3 12,367
     Union Pacific Railroad Co.   6,317
     BNSF Railway Co.    5,122
     Kansas City Southern Railway Co.    928
Regional  0  0
Local  22  1,289
Switching & Terminal  20  1,031
Total  46  14,687
TOTAL excluding trackage rights1
10,469
 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 2012 Carloads Tons
Chemicals  406,300 35.1 million
Gravel, crushed stone, sand 191,900 17.2 million
Petroleum products 58,000  7.5 million
Intermodal 432,900  6.9 million
Coke  33,100 3.1 million
All Other  778,200  23.8 million
TOTAL 1,902,200 92.9 million

  

 Freight Terminated in Texas in 2012 Carloads Tons
Coal  517,300 62.3 million
Gravel, crushed stone, sand 355,700 36.6 million
Chemicals 294,400  25.2 million
Farm Products 170,200  17.7 million
Food Products  173,000 12.5 million
All Other  1,606,500  52.3 million
TOTAL 3,117,400 206.6 million

 

State Rankings for Freight Carried in 2012

Originated Tons Terminated Tons
1. Wyoming 434.3 million 1. Texas 206.6 million
2. Illinois 115.9 million 2. Illinois 157.8 million
3. Texas 92.9 million 3. California 98.9 million
4. West Virginia 92.3 million 4. Virginia 77.6 million
5. Minnesota 90.3 million 5. Ohio 77.3 million

 

 Source: Association of American Railroads.

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