UPDATED February 16, 2017
By TIM BLACKWELL, Cowcatcher Magazine
With the start of its spring schedule just weeks away, the Texas State Railroad’s fate remains in limbo. But some light appears at the end of the tunnel.
Holding true to its promise, operator Iowa Pacific Holdings is bringing back employees and says it will restart service in early March. On Wednesday, reports following the Texas State Railroad Authority’s weekly meeting surfaced that as many as 14 employees had been rehired and trains could begin rolling on March 4. Other employees are expected back.
The railroad made headlines in late December when IPH laid off several employees. Initial reports said the railroad had closed, but IPH quickly said that was untrue and that the layoffs and shutdown were seasonal.
While TSRA officials said the events hinted of something more significant, IPH reassured that the railroad would be back in action for the spring season. IPH CEO Ed Ellis said Tuesday that operations would return on a regular schedule.