TNW Corporation was established in 1982 as a holding company of Dallas-based Murchison Capital Partners, L.P. (MCP), and began operations at the Texas North Western Railway (TXNW) by acquiring a piece of the bankrupt Rock Island’s track from Etter, Texas, to Liberal, Kansas – approximately 120 miles. In 1992, the Texas Gonzales and Northern Railway (TXGN) became TNW’s second acquisition as a lease from the UP (Southern Pacific at that time).
Determined to expand and grow, TNW continued to seek opportunities with shortline railroads. In 1996, the corporation bought the 124-mile line, Nebraska Northeastern Railway (NENE) from BNSF. This shortline had major challenges, including a lack of carload density. TNW was able to overcome and rehabilitate the railway to the point that the BNSF reacquired the line in December of 2012.
TXNW Then & Now
In 1998, TNW expanded to include the founding of the Texas Rock Crusher Railway (TXR) after acquiring nearly nine miles of track from BNSF. Initially, the facility was in poor condition, but with years of significant maintenance investments, the railway is going strong.
As TNW continued to grow in business, so did the need to expand the yards at TXNW and TXGN, which were a major focus from 2014 through 2016. In 2017, TNW Logistics was founded, and with the steady acquisition of transload and storage property from 2017 to 2019, TNW was able to provide key rail-served transloading, warehousing and storage services at all three properties to accommodate the wide range of our customers' needs.
2020 yielded more yard expansions and logistics acquisitions to further strengthen our service offerings.