J.R. Davis Yard

The Roseville Yard, located northeast of Sacramento, Calif., is the largest rail facility on the West Coast. During the grand opening ceremony at the end of May 1999, then UP Chairman Dick Davidson dedicated the Roseville Yard in honor of retired Vice Chairman Jerry Davis.

Most Modern Western Region Railroad Classification Yard

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.

Strategically Located

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.

Traffic Efficiency and Reliability

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.

Features and Benefits

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.


  • Encompasses 915 acres
  • 55 bowl tracks
  • 50 miles of track constructed around local area for bulk and intermodal trains
  • More than 86 miles of new track
  • 247 switches
  • 2 main lines
  • 6,500 rail car capacity
  • 1,800-2,300 cars per day classification ability
  • 8 receiving and departure tracks
  • New repair facility


  • Processes trains twice as fast
  • Pre-blocking for longer hauls, reduces additional switching
  • Maximizes the long-hauls to and from locations to the south, east and northwest
  • Improved transit times
    • Cuts one to five days off transit times
    • Expedited manifest service from Northern California to Chicago and further east on CSXT and NS
    • Improved run-through service from and to the major shortlines in the Pacific Northwest
  • Improved local service
  • Reduced terminal dwell time
  • Improved car utilization and car availability
  • Increased capacity
  • State-of-the-art computer tracking system - improved tracking of cars