Watco begins service on the Texas Coastal Bend Railroad


Written by David C. Lester, Editor

Watco and the Port of Corpus Christi unveil the new Texas Coastal Bend locomotive.

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Watco’s newest short line, the Texas Coastal Bend Railroad (TCBR), unveiled two locomotives emblazoned with the Port of Corpus Christi logo at a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week.

The locomotives are part of Watco’s five-locomotive investment that will serve multiple customers at the Port of Corpus Christi. TCBR will begin providing rail service on the 63-mile line located in the Port of Corpus Christi on August 3.

“We look forward to building our relationship with Port Corpus Christi and partnering with our customers to create long-term value while investing in continued infrastructure improvements,” said Dan Smith, CEO of Watco.

“The Port of Corpus Christi prides itself on providing world-class service and infrastructure to its existing customer base, as well as potential new customers,” said Clark Robertson, Port of Corpus Christi Chief Operating Officer. “This investment from Watco adds significantly to that mission, and we look forward to working with them to better serve our customers in the years to come.”

In addition to being the country’s primary export gateway for power generated in the United States through the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, the Port of Corpus Christi transports an ever-growing range of products through its rail system, including components wind turbines, agricultural products, refined fuels and military cargo.

The Port of Corpus Christi will be served by the TCBR as well as three Class I railroads: BNSF, UP and KCS and the Port’s own rail line, Corpus Christi Rail Terminal.

“The entire TCBR team is honored to serve the Port of Corpus Christi and its subsidiaries,” said TCBR General Manager Darl Farris. “We are ready to meet their current rail transportation needs and are excited to grow with the port to meet all future needs. »

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