Case Studies

Shortline Rail Yard Expansion

Savannah, Georgia

As wood pellet production facilities begin to come online and expand, there is an increasing need for east coast port facilities to transload wood pellets from rail cars to ships headed to Europe to meet the demand for this commodity.  Genesee & Wyoming's Savannah Port Terminal Yard operated by RailLink required such an expansion to handle unit trains of inbound wood pellet covered hoppers.  CivilSmith, LLC teamed up with Creative Rail Solutions to develop rail plans for two new yard tracks to meet the rail capacity need.

Yard  Track 7 - Before

Yard Track 8 - Before

CivilSmith and Creative Rail Solutions worked closely with LandPro Surveying to obtain topographic survey data, Georgia Power to relocated and remove existing power and light poles, and adjacent property owners to relocate existing TWIC fencing.  CivilSmith, LLC provided detailed rail design, grading and drainage design, erosion & sediment control design, and E&SC and Land Disturbance permitting through the State of Georgia and Chatham County. 

Yard Track 7 - After

Yard Track 8 - After