• Santa Teresa Intermodal Fueling Facility

  • Discussion about the Union Pacific operations past and present. Official site can be found here: UPRR.COM.
Discussion about the Union Pacific operations past and present. Official site can be found here: UPRR.COM.

Moderator: GOLDEN-ARM

  by jstolberg
Described by Union Pacific as a "Jiffy Lube for trains"
Stretching 11.5 miles long and one mile wide, the state-of-the-art intermodal and fueling facility will encompass more than 2,200 acres, about three-quarters the size of Bailey Yard, the world's largest in North Platte, Neb.

With a yearly lift capacity of up to 250,000 intermodal containers — the truck trailers and shipping containers that move by rail — the intermodal ramp will give local and regional businesses better access to freight rail service and allow for greater efficiency.

Its being built west of El Paso in part because New Mexico gave them a state locomotive fuel tax exemption.
  by Backshophoss
Santa Teresa has been "pushed" for years as an alternate Border crossing to the congested El Paso Crossings,was little used untill
a paved "Highway" was built on the Mexican side to the border crossing, and a small industrial development was built near the UP mainline.
Foxxconn became the largest tennant in that Developement and along with a few customs brokers.
The Former SP yard and facilties in El Paso are in the Downtown core and cannot be expanded on,the former T+P/MP yard is
too near the border and a secuity problem, cramped for space as well.
UP maintains fuel racks near El Paso Union Station,the mainline is closest to the river(border) and has had cargo theft from standing
trains despite the HEAVY presense of C+BP personel.
BNSF's yard is also in the Downtown core and maintains a direct Rail crossing to Mexican Rail system,shared with UP.
The Former ATSF route Starts in Belen. BNSF may build a branch from the El Paso Sub to UP new yard in the near future.
Any cars off the UP to Mexico are sent to the former T+P/MP yard then across the rail bridge at the border.
The current Highway access Starts at I-10 in Tx,as rte 136,crosses into Nm then ends at the border.
  by Backshophoss
The local roads are not ready,but UP is about to open the yard at Santa Teresa NM early
ON the front page of today's paper(http://www.ABQjournal.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)(beware,maybe behind paywall :( )
Fair use quote,per regs,"Bottleneck at the Border,Santa Teresa rail hub to open early.
Union Pacific Railroad will ramp up operations at it's much touted truck to rail hub
through April and plans a grand opening May 28,about a year ahead of schedule.
But observers in goverenment and business on both sides of the border say neither side
is ready to handle the expected increase in truck traffic at New Mexico's fastest
growing commercial port of entry."

At present there're only 2 lane roads to the POE on both sides of the border,and not in the greatest condition
to boot,the POE facilty has not been rebuilt yet to handle the increased traffic.
It's unknown if UP plans to shut down the former MP yard(current intermodel yard) in El Paso.
  by Backshophoss
As of 04/01,UP did a "soft"openning at Santa Teresa yard,openning up at least 1/2 of the intermodel yard to trailers/containers
and beginning to ramp up to the full openning 05/28/14. 7 thru tracks are now in use for inspections and fueling operations.
Front page story at http://www.ABQjourinal.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (beware,maybe behind paywall!)
Fair use quote,per regs,"Santa Teresa 'inland port' opens Union Pacific Corp ramps uo operations at it's massive freight
facility in New Mexico"
"The launch of operations here represnts the culmination of an infrastructure investment by Union Pacific of more than $400 million
since 2011-all private investment by the company-well ahead of schedule."

Some of the freight brokers are begining to setup offices in the area,and moving from El Paso area as well.