Live Oak Railroad Near Three Rivers Coming

Railroads will potentially add dollars per barrel to realized Eagle Ford oil prices
Live Oak Railroad Location Map

Live Oak Railroad near Three Rivers | Click to Enlarge

The Live Oak Railroad will be breaking ground in November with plans to open in the first half of 2013. The new rail facility will include 28,000 ft of track located just south of Three Rivers. The facility has a great location almost halfway between San Antonio and Corpus Christi. If you have noticed, there has been a dramatic rise in rail traffic in South Texas related to the Eagle Ford boom.

Three other major railroad sites have grown significantly in recent times:

The Live Oak Railroad is being built by a partnership between Howard Energy Partners and local real estate developers. The primary purpose of the facility is to move liquid hydrocarbons – condensate, NGLs, and oil. [Read more…]

San Antonio Central Railroad Open at East Kelly Railport

New railroad terminals allow for increased imports

The San Antonio Central Railroad was opened at the East Kelly Railport by the Port of San Antonio and Watco Companies on October 16, 2012.

This means jobs here in San Antonio ……. An incredible boom, transformation we are seeing in South Texas,” said U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar.

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Eagle Ford Railroad Traffic on the Rise in South Texas

Rail ports across South Texas are expanding to handle sand imports
EOG Sand Receipt Facility Refugio TX

EOG Sand Receipt Facility in Refugio, TX | Click to Enlarge

Eagle Ford railroad traffic is on the rise. Operators are moving crude past pipeline bottlenecks, and moving frack sand and other products in to continue development.

The Hondo Railway, 30 miles west of San Antonio, serviced about 1,500 railcars per year on 13,000 ft of track a few years ago. The Railway terminal now serves 15,000 railcars per year and has expanded to 80,000 ft of track.

This year, an estimated 15,000 railcars will move through Hondo Railway LLC’s 175-acre property — many of them carrying fracking sand bound for drilling operations in the Eagle Ford Shale formation.

The Hondo Railway isn’t alone either: [Read more…]

Trucking Accidents at Railroad Crossings – Don’t Be A Statistic – Stop, Look, Listen

Trains are involved in accidents with people or vehicles almost every three hours

Every year, an unfortunate number of trucking accidents occur at Texas railway crossings. Last year, a truck became stuck in ice while crossing railroad tracks and in another incident a freight train hit an 18-wheeler. Fortunately the vehicle drivers were not injured, but that wasn’t the case in a third railroad crossing accident which ended in a fatality. A man reportedly drove around a crossing gate and was hit by an oncoming passenger train.

Many railroad crossing accidents occur in rural areas traveled to and from the oilfield.

Operation Lifesaver is a nationwide, non-profit public information program dedicated to reducing collisions, injuries and fatalities at highway-rail crossings and on railroad property. [Read more…]

Eagle Ford Crude is Driving Rail Traffic Across South Texas

Will the Gardendale Rail Go From Almost Abandoned To 25,000+ Railcars Served?
Gardendale Pipe Yard

Courtesy of Ironhorse Resources | Click to Enlarge

South Texas rail traffic is on the rise. Some of the traffic is directly related to growth in the Eagle Ford and some is related to economic growth across the board.

The Port of San Antonio’s East Kelly Railport is set for an expansion this year. Watco is expanding to occupy 20 acres of the 350 acre railport and will nearly double the amount of track it has in place from 20,000 ft to more than 35,000 ft. The development is in response to growth from serving a little more than 2,600 railcars in 2010 to more than 4,500 in 2011. [Read more…]