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...."Rail Fest 2008"....

Rail Fest is an annual Celebration In North Platte, Nebraska, USA. Just 60 miles west
of our home. Last years event drew 10,000 people from 38 states and 7 foreign countries
to celebrate the spirit and origins of North Platte's railroad and western heritages.
North Platte is the home of the Union Pacific's Bailey Yard (the largest rail classification
yard in the world - see ...."Bailey Yard".... in my gallery along with the educational note)
and also the home of Buffalo Bill Cody's Ranch and his Historical Wild West Shows that
he organized in 1883 and travel the world displaying the wild west of the USA.. Rail Fest
is a 3 day event with much entertainment, activites, art shows, tours of Bailey Yard and
much much more. My composition is a group of the images taken during the Bailey
Yard Tour with the notes below for each image.
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Image on the right is the interior of the Union Paciific's largest Locomotive repair shop.
The L-shaped structure is large enough to house three football fields. Nine hundred of
the 2600 employees that work at Bailey Yard work in this shop ( the shop works 24
hours a day, seven days a week every day of the year as does the entire yard). The
shop repairs on average 1200 locomotives monthly on eleven tracks, with
remote-controlled overhead cranes and elevated work bays to help speed the work.

Image on top left shows part of the 144 trains that are processed daily through the yard.
The Union Pacific will fill the locomotives with 118 millon gallons of diesel fuel each
month to keep the trains moving. Each locomotive has a capacity of 4000 to 6000
gallons of diesel fuel. The number and size of locomotives on a train is determined by
the weight of the train.

Image on bottom left show 3 of the different sized wheels used on the trains at
Bailey Yard. The car repair facility has 3 completely equipped "one-spot" tracks and
repairs an average of 65 cars daily. The shop replaces more than 20,000 pairs of wheels
yearly and has a fleet of trucks to repair small defects in trains that are moving through
with problems that are not big enough to stop the train and reroute it thru the repair faciltiy.
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Our guide for this Bailey Yard tour has worked as a "Iron Bender" (meaning he is a
switch man and makes up west bound trains) for 32 years. He told us that he is still
amazed everyday by the facility and that Safety is first on everyones mind from the
beginning of a shift to the end of that shift.

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Thanks to everyone for looking in.
Larry

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