BNSF Railway makes big switch: Temple to Von OrmyBNSF Railway makes big switch: Temple to Von Ormyhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=146412016-09-28T05:00:00Z2016-09-28T20:00:00Z


VON ORMY, BEXAR COUNTY - Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway Co. has opened its $40 million switching yard in Von Ormy in southwestern Bexar County. aimed at speeding rail service into and out of South Texas and Mexico.

Before the Class I Cadet Yard—which will handle sand, ethanol and other fuels, grain, autos, auto parts and consumer goods—BNSF Railway routed freight from Mexico, crossing the border at Eagle Pass, to a BNSF switching yard in Temple, company spokesman Joe Faust said.

The new yard, 12870 I-35 Access Road​​, ​will receive and sort trains with mixed freight and reorganize the cars for delivery to customers. It will take pressure off of the Temple yard and move freight sorting closer to Texas and Mexico for more efficient and quicker service to customers.

Prior to the yard's construction, BNSF traffic from Mexico entering the United States through Eagle Pass, Texas, was routed to a classification yard in Temple, Texas, to be switched and reclassified before it moved north or south to Gulf Coast customers.​

The site used to be a passenger railway station that routed new Air Force recruits to basic training at Lackland AFB​.

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation CEO Jenna Saucedo-Herrera said that the switching yard will be a "great value" to existing and potential new companies in San Antonio. 

Also see news at Progressive Railroading​.​

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