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Harvey may cause long-term disruption on Houston's rail tracks

Harvey may cause long-term disruption on Houston's rail tracksMajor U.S. railroads have warned it could be a long time before normal operations resume in the Houston area where Tropical Storm Harvey caused catastrophic flooding that overwhelmed roads, bridges and train tracks. The closure of rail lines in the grain transport hub and nexus for cross-border traffic with Mexico presents a costly headache for customers ranging from automakers to farmers who use the lines to send ethanol, cereals and auto parts to and from Mexico or to be loaded onto ships. The top two U.S. railroads, Union Pacific Corp and Berkshire Hathaway Inc's BNSF Railway, have suspended operations in the area affected by the storm, as has regional railroad Kansas City Southern.