Keeping on track: Longview rail yard Keeping on track: Longview rail yard https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=165362017-05-12T05:00:00Z2017-05-12T21:45:00Z

​LONGVIEW – Union Pacific (UP) trains roaring through Longview at all hours rouse light sleepers and occasionally slow traffic at about 40 railroad crossings in the city.

The railroad has been a major player in the Longview-area economy since the Southern Pacific Railroad began commercial rail service in 1871 as the city was being founded. 

Longview Rail Yard economyThe Union Pacific Railroad arrived in Longview 111 years later, after buying the Missouri Pacific, and has made Longview a major crew-change location.

Today, about 250 crew members are assigned to Longview as their home base, said Lance Stubblefield, manager of train operations-transportation for UP's southern region. 

They are among about 400 in Longview and 600 total who work for the railroad in and out of Longview and Marshall.

Outside in the switching yard, about 50 people work on maintenance and repair of railcars. Some carry freight, some commodities, and others liquids or chemicals.

Railcars at the switching yard are sent to nearby industrial customers for loading or unloading, or once loaded with product, put on outbound trains.​
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