Iconic American Infrastructure: The Bailey Yard

A one stop shop for locomotives and cars

North Platte, Neb.

Bailey Yard is the world’s largest railroad classification yard. Personnel sort, service and repair locomotives and cars headed all across North America.
Bailey Yard is the world’s largest railroad classification yard. Personnel sort, service and repair locomotives and cars headed all across North America.
The yard is halfway between Denver and Omaha. It covers a total expanse of 2,850 acres and is over eight miles in length and two miles wide.
The yard is halfway between Denver and Omaha. It covers a total expanse of 2,850 acres and is over eight miles in length and two miles wide.
 Bailey Yard was updated after World War II in 1948 as a hump yard with 42 tracks. Another hump yard with 64 tracks was added in 1968, followed by a diesel locomotive shop in 1971, and a railroad car shop in 1974. In 1980, the 1948 hump yard was replaced with a new 50-track yard.
Bailey Yard was updated after World War II in 1948 as a hump yard with 42 tracks. Another hump yard with 64 tracks was added in 1968, followed by a diesel locomotive shop in 1971, and a railroad car shop in 1974. In 1980, the 1948 hump yard was replaced with a new 50-track yard.
The yard also includes three locomotive fueling and servicing centers called eastbound run thru, westbound run thru, and the service track that handles more than 8,500 locomotives per month, a locomotive repair shop that can repair 750 locomotives monthly, and a car repair facility that handles nearly 50 cars daily.
The yard also includes three locomotive fueling and servicing centers called eastbound run thru, westbound run thru, and the service track that handles more than 8,500 locomotives per month, a locomotive repair shop that can repair 750 locomotives monthly, and a car repair facility that handles nearly 50 cars daily.

The yard features an in-motion wheel defect detector developed by Union Pacific that uses ultrasound technology to inspect each wheel. It is the only such detector in the world.

An average of 139 trains and over 14,000 railroad cars pass through Bailey Yard every day.

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