Austin Area Terminal Railroad
The Austin Area Terminal Railroad (reporting mark AUAR) was a short-line terminal railroad headquartered in Round Rock, Texas.
AUAR operated a 154.8 miles (249.1 km) line from Llano, Texas, to an interchange with Union Pacific Railroad at Giddings, Texas, with a 6.4 miles (10.3 km) branch from Fairland to Marble Falls. The line, which was originally a Southern Pacific Railroad branch that had been operated by Longhorn Railway until AUAR assumed control, is owned by Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, with whom AUAR had a contract to operate the railroad from April 2000 to September 2007. AUAR traffic included aggregates, crushed limestone, calcium bicarbonate, lumber, beer, chemicals, plastics, and paper.
The contract was transferred to the Watco Companies as of October 1, 2007 and the line is now known as the Austin Western Railroad.
In addition, the Austin Steam Train Association operated an excursion train between Austin, Cedar Park, and Burnet.
Austin Area Terminal Railroad Overview
Reporting mark: AUAR
Dates of operation: 2000–2007
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters: Round Rock, Texas
Austin Area Terminal Railroad (AUAR) No. 63.
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