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Union Pacific Railroad proposes to build one of Texas' largest classification yards, Hearne mayor says


Union Pacific Railroad officials are talking with local landowners and government leaders about building one of the state’s largest railroad classification yards between Hearne and Mumford, Texas, Hearne Mayor Ruben Gomez recently announced.

The proposed $200 million yard would be built on the west side of two sets of north/south tracks that run through Mumford. The facility would create more than 200 new local jobs, Gomez said in a prepared statement.

UP wants to build the yard near Hearne because the town is a key location on the Class I’s route map, he said. Hearne primarily serves as an away-from-home hub for UP employees, but the town could become the site of a home terminal where local-based employees would work in the new yard or move assembled trains to other areas, said Gomez.

To obtain a site for the yard, UP would need to acquire about 20 tracts of land, he said.

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