XXL Shunting: Inside Europe's Largest Marshalling Yard

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Europe's biggest hump yard near Hamburg



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACNeDxew5Q4

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  SinickleBird Assistant Commissioner

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
An interesting overview for laymen. A couple of observations:

1. Repeated references to the “longest freight train in Germany “ at 2700 feet. That’s about 800 metres, less than half the size of (some) intermodal and minerals services in Aust, and a fraction of the unit trains in the Pilbara.

2. Interestingly, the hump yard concept has fallen out of favour in US (and Aust). I suspect this has more to do with operator preference to run just unit trains, rather than what the US calls ‘manifest’ trains. It seems obvious to me that, on the assumption that remarshalling is required, a computer controlled hump yard would be faster and more efficient than traditional shunting.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
An interesting overview for laymen. A couple of observations:

1. Repeated references to the “longest freight train in Germany “ at 2700 feet. That’s about 800 metres, less than half the size of (some) intermodal and minerals services in Aust, and a fraction of the unit trains in the Pilbara.

2. Interestingly, the hump yard concept has fallen out of favour in US (and Aust). I suspect this has more to do with operator preference to run just unit trains, rather than what the US calls ‘manifest’ trains. It seems obvious to me that, on the assumption that remarshalling is required, a computer controlled hump yard would be faster and more efficient than traditional shunting.
SinickleBird
Yes Europe is another world.
Very pleasant for the tourist but still trying to work out whether it is better or worse long term.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
There are still many hump yards in the USA and they are all busy.

What I found interesting was the troublesome way wagon coupling works in Europe.  it is hard to decouple wagons there than in Australia and the USA it would seem?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
There are still many hump yards in the USA and they are all busy.

What I found interesting was the troublesome way wagon coupling works in Europe.  it is hard to decouple wagons there than in Australia and the USA it would seem?
bevans
Still many, many screw coupled wagons in Europe.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

An interesting overview for laymen. A couple of observations:

1. Repeated references to the “longest freight train in Germany “ at 2700 feet. That’s about 800 metres, less than half the size of (some) intermodal and minerals services in Aust, and a fraction of the unit trains in the Pilbara.
SinickleBird
But they make up for it by running more of them on multi-track electrified mainlines and at speeds up to 140km/h.

I bet there are more TEU per hour carried on the major mainlines radiating from Hamburg than any of the single track inter capital routes here where it's more appropriate to measure hours per train than trains per hour.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The video states 1,000,000 wagons via the yard per annum and around 90 trains per day.  This compares roughly from what I can read over 3,000,000 cars humped in Chicago per annum.

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