Re: Photo: SP Yard

Bruce Smith


Why would you want to turn a freight car around to run the opposite direction down the line? You simply add the car. In the RARE circumstance where a car must be directionally spotted for unloading (end door must face a ramp, for example) the car would be turned using the closest turntable or wye. However, generally, there was no need to "turn" freight cars.

Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL

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Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:19 AM
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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: SP Yard
OK.  That brake wheel (and for all of the other cars facing you in the photograph) raises a question I have been thinking about for the last month or so.  It's not like all trains go in the same direction.  So let's say these cars are all headed west.  A freight consist that has been traveling east enters the yard.  Short of running them out on a wye, how does one turn around an incoming car to add to the westbound cars?

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