Texas Mexican Railway
A Brief Texas History

TEXAS MEXICAN RAILWAY. The Texas Mexican Railway Company was chartered in March 1875 as the Corpus Christi, San Diego and Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Railroad Company; the name was changed in June 1881. Promoted by Uriah Lott and with the financial support of Richard King and Mifflin Kenedy, the Corpus Christi, San Diego and Rio Grande built fifty­two miles of three-foot-gauge track from Corpus Christi to San Diego between 1876 and 1879. In 1881 Lott and Kenedy visited New York, where they arranged to sell the railroad to the syndicate headed by William J. Palmer and James Sullivan, who were 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 the company, now adequately financed, completed the remaining 110 miles to Laredo in September 1881. The amended charter also provided for considerable additional mileage, including a line from San Diego to Burr's Ferry on the Sabine River with branches to Tyler, Galveston, San Antonio, and Sabine Pass. The projected extensions would have given the Texas Mexican about 1,400 miles of track. In 1881 the company bought the Galveston, Brazos and Colorado Railroad Company for an entry into Galveston, but the connecting track was never built. Between 1881 and December 31, 1888, the Texas Mexican was operated directly by the Mexican National. With the completion of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway into Alice in 1885, the Texas Mexican was able to participate in through traffic between the United States and Mexico. The Texas Mexican absorbed the Texas Mexican Northern Railway Company in 1906 and in 1930 acquired the San Diego and Gulf Railway Company. On July 17, 1902, the railroad was converted to standard gauge. In 1939 the company acquired seven diesel units, becoming the first railroad of its size in the United States to completely dieselize its operations. In 1940 the company began operating the nineteen-mile railroad built for the United States government from Corpus Christi to the naval air station at Flour Bluff. Laredo is the major port of entry for railroad traffic between the United States and Mexico, and the Texas Mexican presently handles international traffic through Laredo for the Southern Pacific line. The United States portion of the international bridge at Laredo is operated jointly by the Texas Mexican and the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company. Since January 1, 1889, the company has been operated by its own organization, although until recently the securities of the railroad have been owned by the National Railways of Mexico as successor to the Mexican National.    

The Texas Mexican is one of two carriers providing access to the primary rail gateway at Laredo, where over 50 percent of U.S.-Mexico rail traffic crosses the border. It also owns the U.S. half of the International Bridge over the Rio Grande facilitating the efficient transfer of cross-border trade.

The Texas  Mexican became part of the Kansas City Southern rail system in 1995 when KCSI acquired 49 percent of the Texas  Mexican from Mexican partner Transportacion Maritima Mexicana (TMM). In October of 1997, the Surface Transportation Board gave the Texas Mexican trackage rights to link up with KCS at Beaumont, Texas, southwest through Houston to near Corpus Christi.

The Texas  Mexican recently implemented a comprehensive facilities improvement program to accommodate traffic increases in cross-border trade resulting from NAFTA and its affiliation with the NAFTA Railway. In the fall of 1998, the Texas  Mexican opened a new Laredo facility at milepost 9, east of the U.S.-Mexico border, featuring a yard and full-service intermodal facilities.

Where are they now:

Your GP60 Texas Mexican Railway units 869 & 870 spent the winter on the Vermont Railway (VTR) along with 2 CERX SD90/43 units . Did you know 868 the ex-frisco GP35 was at Dayton TX with another unknown Tex-Mex unit both in KCS grey going to Econo-Rail in Baytown,  TX.  The other was a GP18 or GP9 it wasn't one of the GP38 or GP38-2 units Helms or KCS kept them. The GP60 units are interesting one is an SP order the other is a NS order. During 97-99 they worked the Houston to Laredo leg of the Tex-Mex operation one of them lost its plow in Houston damaged after it hit a metro bus. They had a interesting operation in Corpus Christi with SP before the merger it seems to have deteriorated both track and train watching with the shift of Tex-Mex from there to Robstown and Laredo.

Thanks to:  Trainman436@aol.com  for the above information.


Mexico City, March 27, 2002 -

Grupo TMM (NYSE: TMM and TMM/L), and Kansas City Southern Industries (NYSE: KSU), the controlling shareholders of Grupo Transportacion Ferroviaria Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. (Grupo TFM), today announced the resolution of their disputes arising from the Grupo TFM shareholders meetings held at the end of last year. In addition, the companies announced that as a result of a  court order, the dividend declared by Grupo TFM in December 2001 had been annulled and the litigation between the parties terminated.

Grupo TMM and Kansas City Southern Industries (KCSI) also announced the sales of Mexrail, Inc. (Mexrail) to TFM, Grupo TFM's subsidiary.   As a result of this first quarter sale, Grupo TMM has received  $32,640,000 and KCSI has received $31,360,000.  Mexrail is the holding company for The Texas Mexican Railway Company (TexMex), which operates from Laredo to Corpus Christi, and over trackage rights to Beaumont, Texas, where it connects with Kansas City Southern. Mexrail also owns the northern half of the International Bridge at Laredo, the primary railway bridge connecting  Mexico and the United States. The TFM rail system connects with the TexMex over the International Bridge.

 In a joint statement, Grupo TMM Chairman and CEO Jose Serrano and KCSI Chairman, President and CEO Michael Haverty stated, "We are very pleased to have resolved and put behind us the disagreements regarding Grupo TFM in a way that is satisfactory to both parties. We also believe the consolidation of Mexrail into TFM will help better coordinate operations between the companies and open up new rail
 market opportunities."

Links to other Texas Mexican Railway sites of Interest:

Texas Mexican Railway
Texas Mexican Railway, KCS & TFM Roster Photo's, Maps and Information 
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