Gulf Region Rail Operations Update

Announcement Number: CN2017-71
Categories: General Announcements
Posted Date: September 5, 2017

To Our Customers,

We continue to make great strides restoring our Gulf Coast operations impacted by the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey. Where repairs have been completed we are, or will soon be, operating trains.

We will continue to do everything we can to restore service as your facilities come back on line and your teams return to work, but we ask for your patience as the safety and well-being of our employees and their families is our top priority. As work continues, we remain committed to providing the most up-to-date feedback to allow your teams to make effective decisions for your operations. 

Following are updates since our last notice: 

The following areas have been returned to service:

  • Baytown Subdivision between Market Street Yard and Dayton, Texas
  • Coleto Creek Subdivision running west out of Victoria, Texas
  • Sealy Industrial Lead from Sealy to Katy, Texas
  • Kosmos Industrial Lead from Sinton Junction to just north of Ingleside, Texas
  • Strang Subdivision from Houston to the LaPorte/Strang, Texas, area as a result of repairs to the bridge over the Sims Bayou 

The primary focus today is opening lines between Houston and Beaumont, Texas. Once this portion of our railroad is opened, we will be able to operate traffic directly from the Livonia and Avondale, Louisiana, areas to Houston without the need to run the trains through Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

A complete list of active Union Pacific embargoes can be viewed on our embargo page. The embargoes are for all rail traffic, including automotive shipments. 

If you have questions regarding the movement of specific rail equipment, please continue to input Service Issues via our secure customer website, (User ID and password required). Our Hurricane Hotline is 800-365-6963 and should be used by our customers to report any damage to facilities that would impact our ability to provide service once operations resume. This information should include damage or tracks out of service and estimated facility repair time. The hotline number should also be used to let us know when your facility is back in service.

As Union Pacific's freight rail service in the Houston area comes back on line, people are urged to be safe at railroad crossings and along railroad tracks. While tracks may have been dormant for several days following the storm, many of them are now active. As always, heed all warning signs and signals at crossings and do not trespass on railroad property or along railroad tracks. Additional rail safety information can be found at

This map is for illustrative purposes only. The map is not inclusive of all industrial leads, branch lines or yards. Please refer to the embargo page for a complete list of active embargoes and rail station listings.

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Please contact the National Customer Service Center or your Union Pacific representative with any questions.