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When designing yard and maintenance facilities, LTK emphasizes the functional elements of the facility and ensures proper integration of the elements into a simple, straightforward and efficient infrastructure design. LTK accomplishes this by first learning and understanding the maintenance philosophy of the agency. Additionally, LTK’s extensive knowledge of the systems elements intended for a project and an intimate understanding of the need for reliable, maintainable vehicles has enabled LTK to emerge as an industry leader in yard and shop design.

Maintenance and storage facilities are a major element in the overall capital cost of a rail system. LTK can either start from a blank sheet of paper or review and verify any previous work with regard to functional and physical feasibility, land needs, location and initial costs. Concentration of major work at one location avoids duplicating expensive equipment such as wheel truing machines, axle component presses, vehicle lifts and overhead cranes, although sometimes redundancy can prove beneficial and cost-effective.

The primary components of a full-service yard and maintenance facility typically include:

  • Vehicle storage yard with paved access aisles, yard lead tracks and circulation tracks
  • A car wash for exterior cleaning and a dedicated car or train position for interior cleaning
  • Body shop and paint booth
  • Wheel truing and wheel truing preparation positions
  • Routine maintenance/running repair bays
  • Heavy repair bays
  • In-floor lifts for cars or trains
  • Truck, machine and sheet metal shops
  • Component repair shops
  • Shipping, receiving and storage facilities
  • Maintenance-of-way shop and storage
  • Yard and shop substations
  • Central control, operations, administration, ready rooms and dispatch
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