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LEDC reviews updates, eyes new rail owner

Repairs on the rail line east of here are about complete  and the West Texas and Lubbock Railroad has been purchased by another company, a city board learned Tuesday.

Erik Rejino, interim director of the Levelland Economic Development Corporation, told the board that nine crews have been working on the line since a train derailed near Smyer on June 1.

‘That maintenance is now complete,’ Rejino said, adding that the first  unit train in weeks  came into the city this past weekend.

The derailment occurred after  soil washed away following a period of heavy rainfall.

Rejino said the WTLC has been purchased by Watco Transportation Services, a subsidiary of Watco Companies.

The company operates 4,600 miles of track within 32 short line railroads. Watco Companies is a Pittsburg, Kan., based transportation solutions provider.

‘Overall it’s a good move and Watco has a good reputation,’ he said. 

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