Union Pacific-Texas State Railroad Deal Could Mean More Business

PALESTINE (January 11, 2013)--A restored rail line and an access agreement reached with Union Pacific Railroad could mean more business for parts of East Texas.

A Union Pacific spokeswoman Thursday said the commercial carrier is ready to accommodate the historic Texas State Railroad.

Raquel Espinoza said the increased access will connect businesses in Palestine to markets across the country.

The Texas State Railroad Tuesday finished testing a nearly three-mile section of track connecting to a UP line.

The railroad offers 25-mile steam train excursions for visitors and special events but seeks to expand to commercial business.

Backers cleared and upgraded what had been 2.8 miles of abandoned track.

The last time the route was used commercially was by the Texas South Eastern Railroad in 1969.

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