Humping cars in Union Pacific's Bailey Yard

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Union Pacific's Bailey Yard in North Platte, Neb., was named world's largest rail yard by Guinness. The yard's 2,850 acres includes two separate hump yards (eastbound and westbound) where freight cars are sorted and combined into new trains. From the top of the West Hump tower, watch cars move toward the crest of the hump, as a switchman uncouples them. The cars then roll freely down the hump's other side, passing through a retarder to slow their speed before entering the 49-track West Bowl.

To read more about Bailey Yard, buy the July 2010 issue of Trains magazine!

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