The Blacklands Railroad BLR #051

Nature of Firm

BLR operates freight service from Greenville, TX to Franklin/Titus County Line (65.6 miles), with trackage rights to Mt Pleasant, TX for interchange. BLR serves as a handling carrier for Northeast Texas Rural Transportation District (NETEX) which owns all the rights to the corridor. Traffic includes forest products, grain and agricultural products. The BLR currently transloads plastics, oil and pipe and will transload most products.


On November 9, 1995, NETEX purchased a 31-mile rail line from Greenville to west of Sulphur Springs, TX from the SP. In April 1996, the East Texas Central Railroad Company started operating on the line. On May 1, 1999, BLR acquired the contract to operate the line. On October 1, 2000, NETEX purchased 34.6 miles of rail line from west of Sulphur Springs to Franklin/Titus County Line from the UP.

Company Information

Mailing Address

The Blacklands Railroad
641 Church Street
Sulphur Springs, TX  75482

Phone 903-439-0738
Fax 903-439-0809
Web Site

Wayne Defebaugh
President /General Manager

Company Affiliation Private
Interchange Points Mt. Pleasant, TX
Agreement Type Handling Carrier
Information Exchange Method Fax