Georgetown Railroad

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Georgetown Railroad
Reporting mark GRR
Locale Texas
Dates of operation 1878–present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Length 30.2 miles (48.6 km)
Headquarters Georgetown, Texas

The Georgetown Railroad (reporting mark GRR) is a class III short-line railroad headquartered in Georgetown, Texas.

History[edit]

The original Georgetown Railroad Company was chartered on May 31, 1878, with a commitment to build a railroad the approximately 10 mile distance between Georgetown and Round Rock. The first board of directors consisted of Emzy Taylor, Moses E. Steele, Thomas B. Hughes, J. H. Rucker, Duncan G. Smith, and John J. Dimmitt, all of Williamson County, and David Love.[1] The headquarters was in Georgetown.

The proceeds of the first stock offering was about $50,000, and the end of 1878, the GRR had connected Georgetown to Round Rock. Soon, the railroad found itself in difficult financial straits and was sold in foreclosure on August 5, 1879. The International-Great Northern Railroad purchased the Georgetown and operations merged with that company in 1882. The branch was operated by the I-GN and its successors until 1959, when it was sold to the new Georgetown Railroad Company.

This company was incorporated on July 25, 1958, and it acquired eight miles of the Georgetown branch of the Missouri Pacific Railroad which was a successor to the I-GN.

On June 3, 1991, the Georgetown Railroad acquired that portion of the Belton Railroad east of Interstate 35 at Belton and began operating this line as its Belton Subdivision.[2]

Operations[edit]

Although its consists include ammonium nitrate, lumber, and grain, the major industry on the Georgetown Railroad is the large quarry of the Texas Crushed Stone Company, located west of Georgetown.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Georgetown Railroad, Handbook of Texas.
  2. ^ Georgetown Railroad, Handbook of Texas.