Lincoln County (LincUP) Community Advisory Panel

LincUP Logo ImageLincUP provides open dialogue on health, safety and environmental issues between representatives of the community and Union Pacific Railroad to promote awareness and understanding for mutual benefit. For a complete listing of members, see 2015 LincUP Panelists.

Questions? Comments?

Contact the LincUP Facilitator, Lorre McKeone.

Meeting Notes: May 18, 2015

Present: Sally Brecks, Angela Brown, Scott Castillo, Jeff Everett, Jim Falcon, Cindy Halligan, Rich Hoaglund, Brandon Myers, Kirsten Parker,  Gordon Peeks, Lance Polk, Brittany Raymond, June Robinson, Gary Smith, Kathy Swain, Jerry Wilson

Absent:  Neil Deertz, Kim Keeling, Shelly Kelly, Dwight Livingston, Dennis Thompson. Jack Nichols, Bryan Robinson, Glynn Wolar

Facilitator: Lorre McKeone

Meeting Topic: Tour of Bailey Yard –

Scott Castillo, manager - UP Operating Practices

The tour began at the Golden Spike tower with a bird’s eye view of the entire yard before boarding a bus to see some the following operations up close:

  • "Hump" Yards: There is an East Hump for eastbound trains and a West Hump for westbound trains. These consist of elevated sections of track where cars on incoming trains are sorted into one of 114 "bowl" tracks that are designated for different locations. New trains then are built by gathering up cars from these different tracks and moving them to a receiving yard where locomotives (power) are attached before departing for their designated destination. Cars are moved in the yard by workers using remote control units. Approximately 3000 cars are classified each day and, much like an assembly line, it must be a continuous 24-7 process to keep cars from building up in the bowl.
  • Towers: Yardmaster and managers supervise their section of the yard from these vantage points. As new trains are built care is taken to build them so they are safe and efficient (for dropping off sections of the train at different stops along the route to the final destination). Every train has a train plan detailing things like when the air brakes are set, when the crew is called and when the train will depart the yard.
  • Diesel Shop: All locomotives are coded for regular servicing and maintenance. As many as 136 locomotives are being serviced at any given time.
  • Supply Building and GE Parts Building: These buildings stock regularly replenished inventories of parts and supplies needed daily in this large operation.
  • Run Through Operations: Operating like giant gas stations, these bays are where unit trains (like coal trains) are inspected, fueled and replenished with sand.
  • Power lead overpass: This unique overpass is an elevated track where locomotives can be moved over other tracks to the other side of the yard.
  • Ultrasonic Detector: In this totally automated process, wheels are inspected for internal defects using ultrasound. The only other facility like this is in Pueblo, Colorado. Defective wheels are changed out using an innovative process that originated at Bailey Yard. Those on the tour were able to watch wheels being changed out using a special heavy duty jack that lifts up cars in-train and then uses a fork lift to pull out the old wheels and set new wheels in place.

Additional detailed information about operations and how each part of the yard functions was shared and questions were answered by Scott. This tour is a highlight of the year for those on the LincUP panel.

Summary and Strategy

Next meeting: 5:15 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2015

Location: Student Lounge, North Campus, North Platte Community College 1101 Halligan Drive, North Platte.

Meeting Topic: Tabletop Disaster Drill — Flooding 

5:15 p.m. Call to Order
5:25 p.m. Announcements and Introductions
5:30 p.m. Community Round Table
5:35 p.m. UP Update
5:45 p.m. Meeting Topic: Tabletop Disaster Drill — Flooding
Speaker: Brandon Myers, Lincoln County Emergency Management
6:30 p.m. Supper Break
7:00 p.m. Committee meetings as needed
7:20 p.m. Summary and Strategy
Plan for next meeting
7:30 p.m. Adjourn