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Southwest Gulf Railroad marks Medina Line groundbreaking

Southwest Gulf Railroad Project Manager Bart Chevreaux (center) and Vice President Erik Remmert (right) review construction plans for the Medina Line.
Photo – Southwest Gulf Railroad Co.


Southwest Gulf Railroad Co. (SGRR) officially broke ground on the Medina Line, which is designed to increase the short line's customers access to Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway Co. lines in Texas and beyond.

The 9-mile line in Medina County, Texas, also will provide access to U.S. Route 90, railroad officials said in a press release.

"The Medina Line represents a timely opportunity for employers to enhance their supply and distribution capabilities to better serve the growing economy," said SGRR Vice President Erik Remmert. "We're marketing a low-cost, convenient connection to the regional, national and global marketplace."

The existing limestone quarry at the northern end of the line operated by SGRR parent Vulcan Materials Co. will serve as the Medina Line's anchor customer.

"For Medina County, this is just the start of an economic engine that will generate new jobs, new tax revenues and spur economic growth for Texas," said Remmert. "Interest from prospective customers and employers is strong, and that's exciting to see."

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