Big Push at Bailey Yard

This article describes how work gets done efficiently at Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard, which is located in North Platte, Nebraska and is thought to be the largest railroad classification yard in the world. “Drainage” and “throughput” are two important factors. Bailey Yard itself is eight miles in length and includes 315 miles of track. It handles 10,000 cars every 24 hours. The author describes how rapid inspection, servicing and crew changes are cutting dwell time and improving coal service. Improvements to in-train repair—mostly identifying and replacing defective wheelsets—are reducing dwell time significantly: from 9 hours in 2004 to 7.5 hours in 2005. The author also describes in detail how in-train wheelset changeouts are done.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 18-20
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01042989
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 23 2007 1:54PM