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Posted by beaulieu
on Friday, July 13, 2007 3:52 PM
Several European humpyards sort more cars than Bailey Yard at North Platte, but if you count the unit coal train cars that are inspected at Bailey Yard, then it is the busiest, also it covers the largest amount of land area. The busiest humpyard in Germany is Maschen Yard, SE of Hamburg, it regularly sorts over 5,000 cars per day, and is rated for 6,000 cars/day. It was completely rebuilt a few years ago with all the refinements in humpyard equipment. All cars pass through 3 sets of retarders to allow the highest possible humping speeds, and all tracks are equipped with cable mules for track trimming, and gathering. Other busy European humpyards are, Kifhoek Yard near Rotterdam, Kledering Yard near Vienna, and Noord Yard at Antwerp. Many small European yards feature a mini-hump, without retarders, so that there is no need to "kick" cars in an otherwise flat-switched yard.