RAILROAD YARD INFORMATION

Here are various types of buildings/facilities found in yards of various functions.

DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE SERVICE AND STORAGE

Engine terminal
Unencumbered inbound/outbound engine lead
Fuel, sand & quick turn servicing
Fuel storage tank
Wash rack
Locomotive inspection & minor repairs track Under track service access pit(s)
Locomotive major repair facility Large secure building for year-round work Under track service access pit(s)
Overhead crane(s) & other heavy equipment
Administrative office

STEAM ENGINE SERVICE AND STORAGE

Fuel, sand, water, lube & quick turn servicing
Unencumbered inbound/outbound engine lead
Coaling tower or loader
Sand service stand and/or sand house
Water tank
Cinder dump/pit & removal device (conveyor)
Under track service access
Water tank and/or variious water spouts
Wash rack
Diesel fuel delivery system for oil burners

ROUNDHOUSE-SERVICE AND STORAGE

Turntable
Under track service access
Hostler’s shanty
Water tank

FACILITIES/SHOPS FOR MAJOR REPAIRS

Huge secure building for year-round work Overhead crane(s) & other heavy equipment
Boiler shop
Flue shop
Machine shop
Significant administrative office

FREIGHT CAR CLASSIFICATION AND STORAGE AREA

Unencumbered mainline
Unencumbered arrival/departure track (one or more of each?)
Classification tracks & yard tower
Car sorting tracks
Yard lead track(s) -- longer than longest yard track
Unencumbered locomotive escape track(s)
Speciality tracks
Storage track(s)
Caboose track
Refrigerator car service track
Raised icing platform
Ice house
TOFC track and office—Trailer On Flat Car
LCL track—Less (than full) Car Load
Freight house
Unloading ramp House or team track Clean out track (to clean car interiors)Water hose access
Supplies shanty
Wrecker train track (aka derrick cars)
Maintenance-of-way track(s) (bunk cars, track repair equip, etc)
Auxillary equipment storage track (eg., depressed center flat car)
RIP track—Repair In Place (car repair to put in service or take to major facility
Scale track
Weigh station office
Scale
Yard office
Various shacks for stores, supplies, etc
Blacksmith’s shop
Switchman’s shanty

PASSENGER TERMINAL/STATION AND CAR STORAGE

Station or depot
Passenger ammenities
Boarding ramps (possibly raised)
Track shelters
Bridge or tunnel multi-track access path Primary passenger boarding track(s)
Notable trackside artifacts
Baggage carts (loaded or unloaded)
Cargo
Baggage
Schedule boards
Seat/benches
Mail bags
Milk cans
Passenger car storage track(s)
Steam line plugs
Wash rack
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