This article is taken from the Aug. 17 USDA Grain Transportation Report

Last month, a new interchange was completed between Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and a shortline railroad, the Texas Gonzales and Northern Railway (TXGN).

The nearly $5 million project received funding from TXGN’s operator, TNW Corporation (TNW), and a matching grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program.

Operating on about 12 miles of track between Gonzales and Harwood, TX, TXGN has approximately 67 miles of storage and loop track.

The new interchange includes technologies such as power switches, welded rail, steel ties, and drainage enhancements.

According to TNW, the upgrades will “enhance safe operations while expanding capacity,” as well as allow efficient handling of unit trains.

Gonzales County, TX, has one of the highest poultry populations in the Nation, and the new interchange is expected to help local livestock producers acquire feed grains.