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Union Pacific Bailey Yard
Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard in North Platte, Neb., is the largest
railroad classification yard in the world. Named in honor of
former Union Pacific President Edd H. Bailey, the massive yard
covers 2,850 acres, reaching a total length of eight miles. The
yard is located in the midst of key east-west and north-south
corridors, making it a critical component of Union Pacific’s rail
Bailey Yard has 17 receiving and 16 departure tracks handling
14,000 rail cars every 24 hours. Of those, about 3,000 cars are
sorted daily in the yard’s eastward and westward yards,
nicknamed hump yards. Using a mound cresting 34 feet for
eastbound trains and 20 feet for those heading west, the hump
yards allow four cars a minute to roll gently into any of 114
bowl tracks. Here they become part of trains headed for
destinations in the East, West and Gulf Coasts of America, as
well as the Canadian and Mexican borders. An average of 139
trains per day, comprised of raw and finished goods, such as
automobiles, coal, grain, corn, sugar, chemicals, steel and
consumer goods, including electronics, apparel and other retail
products, are handled at Bailey Yard.
To keep America moving, train operations and repair shops at
Bailey Yard are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The
fueling and service center processes more than 9,000
locomotives each month, using technology like overhead cranes
and elevated work bays to maintain fluid operations.
On-site Car Repair
The on-site car repair facility annually replaces 10,000 pairs of
wheels, many identified through an in-motion defect detector
using ultrasound technology to inspect the wheel. This detector
was developed by Union Pacific and is the only one in the world.
Some wheel repairs even take place without the rail car ever
leaving the track, minimizing down time.
Union Pacific’s annual capital investments continue to enhance
operational capabilities at Bailey Yard, ensuring safe, reliable
and environmentally friendly transportation.
** Introduction per Union Pacific Railroad website**
This video was filmed from the Golden Spike Visitors Center
North Platte, Nebraska.
A PDF map of Bailey Yard can be found at :
Rock Island, Illinois Farmall Plant Past
RFD TV Show Direct TV, Ch 379, about the Rock Island Farmall plant which is being torn down. Max Armstrong interviewed people like Spike O'Dell (radio personality) and former workers and buyers of Farmall tractors. They had a parade of the restored old tractors run through the assembly line area (50 acres where they made up to 350 tractors a day) for one last time.
Kind of sad, but brings back a lot of good memories about a time of American workers sense of pride, prosperity, and better times for middle class.
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- Yesterday's Tractors Forum