Railroad industry see surges amid New Mexico Texas oil boom

CARLSBAD, N.M. — Traffic is surging in the railroad industry in southeast New Mexico thanks to the oil boom in the state and West Texas.The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the number of rail cars travelling through the Carlsbad area almost tripled during the region’s recent oil boom.Southwestern Railroads data for November 2016 show around 150 rail cars daily passed through the Carlsbad Subdivision that runs from Clovis to Loving.In 2017, the numbers show about 400 cars per day pass through the division, or about 12,000 per month.Southwestern Senior Vice-President Bruce Carswell says the increase is no surprise amid significant growth in southeast New Mexico’s oil and gas industry.___Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://www.currentargus.com/The Associated Press