In 1881 the Corpus Christi, San Diego, and Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Railroad Company sold to William J. Palmer and James Sullivan, who was then involved in the construction of the Mexican National Railway between Nuevo Laredo and Mexico City. The new owners changed the name to the Texas Mexican Railway Company and completed the remaining 110 miles to Laredo, TX. Now, Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern are the top providing rail car services. Union Pacific Rail Service provides Intermodal service to most industrial parks within an 8 miles radius. They also provide transportation of commodities to Dallas and the Mid-West. Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCSR) interchanges with Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). In the past year, over 238,477 rail cars have crossed the Port of Laredo from Mexico.

The Port of Laredo in Texas is the Number One Inland Port Along the US-Mexican Border

The Port of Laredo is the number 1 inland port along the US-Mexico border. It is also the nation’s fourth-busiest port among more than 450 airports, seaports, and border crossings. According to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by WorldCity the port handled $205.88 billion in total trade in 2020. Port Laredo’s trade with the world rose 20.73 percent, from $65.2 billion to $78.71 billion through the first four months of 2021 compared to the same period the previous year.

Texas Mexican Railway Company

Today, the Tex-Mex is still in existence, although as a wholly-owned subsidiary of KCS. Technically, the railroad operates 560 miles of trackage across Texas; its 160.1-mile original mainlines between Laredo and Corpus Christi. In addition, it runs about 400 miles between Corpus Christi, Houston, and Beaumont.

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