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Austin Western Railroad (AWRR), BNSF's 2015 Shortline Railroad of the Year. AAWRR operates from Marble Falls to Elgin, Texas and interchanges freight with BNSF at McNeil, Texas. AWRR moves approximately 49,000 carloads annually, shipping commodities such as aggregates, crushed limestone, calcium bicarbonate, lumber, beer, chemicals, plastics and paper.

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An Austin Steam Train Association Excursion Train with ex-California Zephyr service Silver Pine in foreground at Cedar Park Depot, Texas.

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Austin Western Railroad
The Austin Western Railroad (reporting mark AWRR) is a short-line railroad headquartered in Round Rock, Texas.

AWRR operates 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, Texas, to Marble Falls, Texas. The line is owned by Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, with whom AWRR has the contract to operate the railroad from September 2007. AWRR traffic includes aggregates, crushed limestone, calcium bicarbonate, lumber, beer, chemicals, plastics, and paper.

AWRR is a subsidiary of the Watco Companies.

In addition, the Austin Steam Train Association operates an excursion train between Austin, Texas, Cedar Park, Texas, and Burnet, Texas.

Austin Western Railroad Overview
Reporting mark: AWRR
Locale: Texas
Dates of operation: 2007 – present
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length: 154 miles (248 km)
Headquarters: Round Rock, Texas

See also:


Austin Steam Train Association

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