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Transportation Company - Austin Western - Railroad

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Transportation Company - Austin Western - Railroad
Company Name Austin Western
Company Web Site Link
Category Railroad
Year Founded 2007
Termination Subsidiary
Successor/Parent Watco (Details)
Country United States (Details)
Source of Text Bluford Shops
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Transportation Company - Austin Western - Railroad



Company History: In 2007, the Watco shortline group took over the 155 mile line in the Austin, Texas area that had been previously run by Austin Area Terminal Railroad. Watco established the Austin Western to run the line which they still do to this day. What's with all the gondolas on this route? Quarries producing pink granite provide much of the traffic.
The Austin Western Railroad (AWRR) operates 181 miles of track from Llano, TX to Giddings, TX with a 6.4 mile branch extending from Fairland to Marble Falls,TX. The line dates back to 1871 when the Houston and Texas Central Railroad built the Giddings to Austin line. The AWRR interchanges with the UP at McNeil and Elgin. Nearly 60,000 carloads move annually, shipping commodities such as aggregates, crushed limestone, calcium bicarbonate, lumber, beer, chemicals, plastics, and paper. Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority began commuter service in March of 2010, sharing the rail with the freight.

Successor/Parent History:
The Watco shortline group is known for painting locomotives in special schemes for universities and even high schools along their lines. We own or operate over 5,500 miles of short line track in North America and Australia. Our vast network connects to all Class I railroads. You get the most efficient, cost-effective route for your shipment.

Using your locomotives or our own, Watco provides switching services at your manufacturing facility. Our experienced teams improve safety, reduce risks, and minimize costs.

Let Watco take care of your inactive railcars, so you can stay focused on your active fleet. Safely house empty or loaded railcars across our nationwide network of short line railroads and terminals.

Our proactive management, in-transit tracking, and real-time communication let you know where your cars are every minute of every day. And, our scheduled maintenance programs keep your rolling stock rolling.

Brief History:
The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles' Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.


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Item created by: gdm on 2019-01-18 18:16:02. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-07-21 11:20:20

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