International specialty chemical manufacturer gets new rail yard

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Client is a chemical manufacturer with a large fleet and multiple third-party tenants. One client facility was experiencing sustained growth, and rail yards were trending towards over-capacity. Client requested assistance with intraplant site selection for a new rail yard, including sizing of the yard for growth scenarios. Client also requested the design of a locomotive service pit by re-purposing nearby underutilized trackage.

The new yard design required careful intra-yard connections to maintain flexibility and velocity of railcar flows.

Services Provided

  • Performed rail yard site selection analysis/field work for three plant locations
  • Completed due diligence including topographic survey, soil borings, subterranean utility exploration
  • Sized yard including 225 car-spot “proposed” and 100 car-spot “future” and prepared eight primary layout iterations
  • Partnered with PLG Consulting’s rail design domain expert Via Rail Engineering to Designed effective and efficient total intra-site railcar flows between existing yards and new yard


  • Delivered a two-phased construction plan for a 17-track railyard interconnected with two existing rail yards. Delivered a locomotive service/pit track design
  • Delivered a Total Installed Cost (TIC) estimate in advance of Authorization for Expenditure (AFE) with 20% +/- confidence for CAPEX plan
  • Project advanced, and PLG contracted railroad engineering domain expert Via Rail Engineering to prepare final plans/specifications, bid service, contract support, release Issued for Construction documents and manage construction oversight through start-up

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