A $142 million state-of-the-art facility, Davis Yard was built to handle West Coast traffic more efficiently.
The yard will allow Union Pacific to process trains twice as fast as before the renovation, improving transit times from one to five days for at least 75 percent of all traffic moving through Roseville. These transit time savings will vary depending on origin and destination pairs.
The Davis Yard greatly improves the UP network to and from Northern California for manifest carload traffic. Approximately 98 percent of all traffic in Northern California moves through the Davis Yard.
Davis Yard blocks all cars for Northern California into zones for satellite yards such as Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno, Stockton, Tracy, Warm Springs, Milpitas and Modesto to avoid additional switching at these yards. The yard plan reduces car handlings by approximately 400 per day, resulting in reduced transit time for our customers.
With the car blocks made by the Davis Yard plan, capacity is created at the North Platte yard to make additional blocks for destinations such as Albina, Brooklyn and Seattle, maximizing the long-haul to these locations and reducing transit time to the Pacific Northwest.
The new repair facility is capable of repairing damaged cars in one day, compared to the three days it previously required. Other improvements that made the rail yard more efficient include an updated fuel processing system and an advanced computer tracking system.
This state-of-the-art facility reflects Union Pacific's commitment to its customers to provide world-class transportation services.
The site of the Union Pacific J. R. Davis Yard first opened in 1906, with the last renovation completed in 1952. In the largest renovation since its opening at the turn of the century, more than 120 old buildings were demolished to make way for three new buildings: a hump crest building, a yard office, and a one-spot repair facility. Four new bridges were built, signals were upgraded, utility and electrical lines were put into place, and miles of pipe and fiber optic cable were installed.