There’s another new rail park opening in southern Bexar County – part of a railroad boom that’s chasing surging oil and gas production in the Eagle Ford Shale region.
National Property Holdings LP has announced plans to build Alamo Junction Rail Park on Old Corpus Christi Road near U.S. 181 inside Loop 1604 on the city’s South Side.
The 400-acre site already has track in place and has sold its first 50-acre tract to a frac sand operation, the company announced.
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It’s marketing additional 5-acre to 100-acre sites for lease or sale.
Ryan Lovell, director of development with the Houston-based National Property Holdings, said the company looked for the site for about a year and purchased land from five or six landowners to put together the 400 acres.
“This particular site we liked because it’s shovel ready. There’s no floodplain issues,” he said.
The main track is in place already and rail service should be operational by the end of summer, Lovell said.
The first phase calls for more than 22,000 feet of track to handle manifest and unit trains. The rail service will interchange with both the Union Pacific and BNSF railroads.
The rail park will be geared for warehousing operations, manufacturing and oil field-related services such as crude oil storage and shipment, or the storage and shipment of sand used in hydraulic fracturing operations.
Alamo Junction Rail Park is near (but separate from) another recently announced rail site, the 1,000-acre Mission Rail Park, which expects to open this summer. Mission Rail Park is near
Elmendorf just south of Loop 1604, and sits in both Bexar and Wilson counties.
All across South Texas, rail yards have been adding track to service the oil and gas industry in the Eagle Ford Shale play.
In Hondo, Hondo Railway LLC has grown from 13,000 feet of track to 80,000 feet, thanks to growth in moving fracking sand and crude oil.
At Port San Antonio’s East Kelly Railport, Watco Cos. recently expanded the tracks from four miles to almost eight miles within the 350-acre site.
In Gardendale, located in LaSalle County about halfway between San Antonio and Laredo, Gardendale Railroad Inc. has grown from 1,600 feet of track to 130,000 feet of track.
Near Harwood in northern Gonzales County, the Texas, Gonzales & Northern Railway Co. started with 12 miles of track and since last June has added 13 more.
Live Oak Railroad is opening south of Three Rivers in Live Oak County, with 28,000 feet of track along the Union Pacific line. Howard Energy Partners recently is building a logistics railroad hub there on 260 acres.
National Property Holdings is a Houston-based real estate firm that specializes in rail parks. Its affiliate, Rail Logix, operates rail yards in Baytown and La Porte.