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Largest Railyards in North America

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Largest Railyards in North America
Posted by Doc Murdock on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 1:45 AM
In a similar vien to my last post, where are the largest railyards in North America located?
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Posted by snagletooth on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 5:12 AM
 BRC in Chicago (okay, Bedford Park),  the former BN in Galesburg and Northtown. The ATSF Argentine in KC. I believe the NS yard in Atlanta holds the title now, though. And the tidewater yards in Norfolk HAS GOT be close. Any others?
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Posted by CShaveRR on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 5:18 AM
The "Official" largest yard in the world is UP's at North Platte.  At one time, CNW's Proviso Yard held that honor, but it was cut back a bit in the 1950s.  Still pretty busy--I'm off to "check it out" for about eight hours today.

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Posted by vlmuke on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 8:37 AM
The largest yard in the NS system is located in Elkhart IN
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Posted by spbed on Thursday, June 28, 2007 11:26 AM

Is not Bellevue the largest NSRR yard? Smile [:)]

 

 

 

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The largest yard in the NS system is located in Elkhart IN

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 28, 2007 12:04 PM
Conway and Selikirk are the bigest in the ex-conrail system
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Posted by CNW 6000 on Thursday, June 28, 2007 12:15 PM

I think its Bailey Yard in North Platte, Nebraska.  On UP's website (http://www.uprr.com/aboutup/facilities/bailey/index.shtml ) it says:
"Union Pacific Railroad's Bailey Yard in North Platte, Nebraska, is the largest railroad classification yard in the world."

Works for me!  Big Smile [:D]

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Posted by Mookie on Thursday, June 28, 2007 2:35 PM
What/where is the largest BNSF...?

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Posted by vlmuke on Friday, June 29, 2007 5:42 AM

Bellvue has only 29 tracks in the EW yard plus another 47 in the CY yard another 15 in the A and W yards plus a few other small tracks which is a total of 91 tracks the Elkhart yard has 72 track in the hump yard plus receiving yard of 15 track and two departure tracks of 6 and 7 each plus a local yard with 12 tracks which is 112 tracks plus a few more mot counted such as the car and diesel shop tracks so that would make Elkhart yard the biggest in the NS system

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Posted by spbed on Friday, June 29, 2007 8:27 AM

OK thanks for the info Smile [:)]

 

 

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Bellvue has only 29 tracks in the EW yard plus another 47 in the CY yard another 15 in the A and W yards plus a few other small tracks which is a total of 91 tracks the Elkhart yard has 72 track in the hump yard plus receiving yard of 15 track and two departure tracks of 6 and 7 each plus a local yard with 12 tracks which is 112 tracks plus a few more mot counted such as the car and diesel shop tracks so that would make Elkhart yard the biggest in the NS system

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Posted by Railfan1 on Friday, June 29, 2007 1:35 PM
I believe Rice Yard in Waycross, Ga is the second or third largest.
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Posted by MP173 on Friday, June 29, 2007 2:36 PM

How would one determine the largest?  By car capacity? or by land mass? 

Carl, how many cars does Proviso classify daily on average?  Also, there is a north south yard just east of 294.  Is that also Proviso?  I would assume that handles Wisconsin and Northern Illinois traffic.  Correct? or not?

Just checked my CORA map...it does indeed say Proviso North.  I have a customer up in that area and there always seems to be activity in the yard by the office.

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Posted by Chris30 on Friday, June 29, 2007 3:01 PM

The north/south yard just east of I-294 is Proviso Yard 9 - receiving yard and run through for trains (coal/hopper) goiung north onto the Milwaukee (ex-New) Line Sub.

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Posted by CShaveRR on Friday, June 29, 2007 4:39 PM

Ed, our throughput is several thousand cars a day--up to 2000 of which are humped.

Our name for the yard parallel to 294 is Yard 9 (Proviso was divided into nine smaller yards at one time).  It serves as the receiving yard, where inbound manifests (all of them, not just Wisconsin) are inspected before humping.

If you have to visit your customer up there, let me know!

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Posted by oskar on Friday, June 29, 2007 8:48 PM

Baliey Yard is the largest in North America but in the world I was told that a city in Germany has that title now. Rice Yard is close to that top spot.

 

 

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, June 30, 2007 9:46 AM

 Mookie wrote:
What/where is the largest BNSF...?

If I remeber correctly the BNSF Largest yard in Argentine Yard.  Or so some of the BNSF guy in KC say.  They say it  is the BNSF flagship yard.

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Posted by snagletooth on Saturday, July 07, 2007 2:54 AM
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 Mookie wrote:
What/where is the largest BNSF...?

If I remeber correctly the BNSF Largest yard in Argentine Yard.  Or so some of the BNSF guy in KC say.  They say it  is the BNSF flagship yard.

HHMM, Argentine trumphs Galesburg?, Northtown? WOW! I beleive ya', just WOW
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Posted by traisessive1 on Saturday, July 07, 2007 5:51 AM
Canada's largest is also CN's largest - MacMillan Yard. It is located in Toronto Ontario.

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, July 07, 2007 6:01 AM
 snagletooth wrote:
 railroadjj wrote:

 Mookie wrote:
What/where is the largest BNSF...?

If I remeber correctly the BNSF Largest yard in Argentine Yard.  Or so some of the BNSF guy in KC say.  They say it  is the BNSF flagship yard.

HHMM, Argentine trumphs Galesburg?, Northtown? WOW! I beleive ya', just WOW

I know, pulling a train into Galesburg seems like it takes forever to get from the North R&D to the South.  I have not pulled any trains into Argentine, but I have seen it from the outside.  I believe it is 8 miles long.  I could be wrong on the length.

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Posted by chicagorails on Friday, July 13, 2007 11:54 AM
up in north platte baileys yard......................up container in rochelle global 3....................
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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.
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Posted by TH&B on Friday, July 13, 2007 4:40 PM

MacMillan Yard (CNR) has two humps, one has a double hump leading to some 77 tracks in the bowl. The other hump is a single hump about 50 tracks for local traffic. Mac yard is stub ended so it does not handle throught trains like double stacks and unit trains very much, almost all trains that arrive get humped. 

I wonder how many cars it humps a day and how it rates to other yards. All I know is that it is BIG.

Most European cars are smaller then North American cars so that should be taken into account hump capactity. Although some steel carrying cars are very heavy compared to US cars. 

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