Castlegar yard is the location of a junction with the CPR.
It is the home terminal for the Trail turn and the South End way freight.
Through trains drop off and pick up cars here.
It is being built in an aisle on the lower level of the layout.
- Switching leads
- Two leads are provided at the North (right) end, to allow
separate crews to switch the yard tracks and the ferry/kraft mill.
A lead at the South (left) end allows switching without fouling the main.
- Ice House
- The ice house is located at the south end of the yard, for quick access by
northbound trains which require iced reefers quickly.
- Caboose track
- A caboose track is accessible from the north ladder,
where most of the switching is done.
- Engine shops
- Note: The schematic does not include all tracks in this area.
Fuel (coal/oil) and sand supply tracks need to be added.
No turntable is proposed, to save on space, since the wye is
available for turning equipment.
- Escape crossover
- The middle crossover between the main and track 1 is to allow
power to be moved to and from the shops to the North end of the
yard without requiring track North of the yard limit.
It should be located far enough South to allow a through train
power set to clear without fouling the yard lead.
- Arrival track
- Track 5 will be open most of the time, and can serve as an
arrival track for terminating trains: Southbound Way, Trail turn,
and for through train drops.
- The doubled leads at the north end provide a short runaround track
for ferry and kraft mill traffic.
- Track lengths
- Track 1
Through freight capacity (35 cars, three diesels, caboose)
clear of leads at both ends.
- Track 2
Room for two through train pickups (10 cars each)
- Track 3
153" - approximately 25 cars
- Track 4
144" - approximately 24 cars
- Track 5
140" - approximately 23 cars
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