Marion Railyard to Get $11 Million Expansion

JULY 14, 2006 - Posted at 12:04 p.m. CDT

MARION, AR - A Union Pacific railyard in Marion is adding 6,000 feet of track.  According to the Marion Building Inspector's office, the expanded intermodal yard will have space to park 850 more rail cars.  The estimated cost is almost $11 million.

Kay Brockwell, Marion's director of economic development, says the expansion is directed to increase Union Pacific's lift capacity by 60 percent.  She says intermodal freight is the fastest-growing area of the rail industry.  At one time, it was just as economical to ship by truck, she says, but with the increasing cost of fuel, it is now more economical to move freight by train as well.

K8 News will have more information on this breaking story tonight on K8 News at Six.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)