a train moves across Grayson County.

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

In Texas in 2015 there were 52 railroads operating including three Class I railroad companies. The local or switching lines in operation made up only about 12 percent of the state's total track mileage. In 2015, the latest data available, railroads in the state carried more than 240 million tons of freight. 

Class of Railroad in Texas Number Miles Operated
 Class I 12,092 
     Union Pacific Railroad Co.   6,305 
     BNSF Railway Co.    4,860 
     Kansas City Southern Railway Co.    927 
 Regional  0   0 
 Local  27   1,334 
 Switching & Terminal  22   967 
 Total  52   14,393 
 TOTAL excluding trackage rights1   10,539 
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.

 

 

 Traffic Originated in Texas in 2015 Carloads Percent
Intermodal 710,000 34 percent
Chemicals 447,300 21 percent
Nonmetallic Minerals 277,300  13 percent
Petroleum  119,100  6 percent
Transportation Equipment  106,700 5 percent
All Other/Unknown  458,700  22 percent
TOTAL 2,119,100 100 percnet

  

 Traffic Terminated in Texas in 2015 Carloads Percent
Intermodal  963,900 28 percent
Nonmetallic minerals 503,600 14 percent
Coal 477,800  13 percent
Chemicals 320,200  9 percent
Farm Products  183,500 5 percent
All Other/Unknown  1,107,900  31 percent
TOTAL 3,576,900 100 percent

 

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.