Proposed rail yard could boost Robertson County economy

POSTED: Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 4:50pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 12:46pm

HEARNE -- Union Pacific has announced plans to build a $200 million dollar rail yard between Hearne and Mumford.

Lauren Holman spoke with city officials in Hearne today to find out what kind of impact this project would have on the local economy.

It's not an unfamiliar sound for those living in Hearne.

"We've already got a lot of railroad activity in the area," said Hearne city manager, Pee Wee Drake. "Tracks going in all directions, north south, east and west."

Known as the crossroads of Texas, this small town could soon become home to the largest rail yard hump in the state.

"I think it'd benefit them real good," said Marvin Marshall.

James Boyd added, "I think it'd be nice because it'd bring lots of people in here."

Hearne has a long track record with the railroad companies and if Union Pacific decides to build, it would bring 200 permanent jobs to Robertson County.

And boosting the local economy is something Pee Wee Drake would love to see.

"Any kind of an investment like that, with that kind of an operation, is going to improve our area and create improvements."

With an estimated $8 million dollar annual payroll, Marvin Marshall is also on-board with the project

"Well the local economy here isn't that good so they need something to build it up and so the town will benefit from it," Marvin said.

Union Pacific is currently in negotiations with about 20 landowners to purchase their property.

If the land can be secured, the complex will be built on about 1,100 acres, connecting seven railroad subdivisions together.
 

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