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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Union Pacific's North Platte Rail Yard

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Jan 29th, 2018 08:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

In case you happen to like trains like I do, here's a video I found showing the classification yard at North Platte, Nebraska. It's over 8 miles long!

The cars are uncoupled and slowly pushed over a hump. They then roll down the hump, thru a bunch of switches, and crash into other cars going on the same train. It's all done with gravity. The tracks have automatic brakes called "retarders" that keep the car speeds under control. The max speed is something like 4 mph.


(This message was last edited by ECS-3 at 10:51 AM, Jan 29th, 2018)

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Jan 29th, 2018 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm a total train geek, I could sit and watch that all day. Thanks for posting.

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Jan 29th, 2018 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Been watching Hell On Wheels on Netflix. Interesting alternate take on the Union Pacific construction. My Grandpa was a caboose man on the Burlinton Northern most of his life. Ran from Chicago to DesMoines. Every day.

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Jan 30th, 2018 04:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a cousin that grew up in North Platte. He went to work for UP in the Bailey Yards when he was 16, part time. After HS, he got hired on full time.

They transferred him to Omaha for 15 years (Harriman Dispatch Center) and then to Kansas City, where he finished out his career.

He retired last year after 45 years with the same company, the only job he ever had.

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NW Pennsylvania

Jan 30th, 2018 05:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

There's a similar hump yard in Einsiedlerhof Germany.

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"Clapton is Good"
Jan 30th, 2018 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

What happens if a car gets misdirected and goes to the wrong track?
Must be difficult to undo?

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North ON, Canada

Jan 30th, 2018 07:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

I retired 2 years ago after 39 years in rail. Quite an automated system to “kick” cars around the yard compared the short line roads here.

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USA / Virginia

Jan 30th, 2018 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

"What happens if a car gets misdirected and goes to the wrong track?"

Then you would have to cease the hump operation and send in a locomotive to go in and move the car to it's correct location.

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