Case Studies

Unit Train Transload Facility

Southern Alabama
A regional fuel supplier's expansion of their distribution facility included adding a new rail facility to be constructed on a greenfield site.  The new inbound commodity required the construction of a new rail yard with an 80-tank car unit train capacity.  The site is served by CSX and the operational requirements included bi-directional switching for inbound and outbound rail movements.

Greenfield Site Before Construction
CivilSmith teamed up with Creative Rail Solutions to assist POND Engineering handle all aspects of the rail design, CSX approval, track specifications, and construction phase services.  Coordination and assistance was given to POND during the grading and drainage design phase to confirm that track roadbed grading and culvert crossings met CSX’s specifications for industrial tracks.   

Switching Lead
Bi-directional service to the site was accomplished by the use of wye tracks  springing from two separate mainline turnouts in CSX’s mainline track.  Access  to the site required creative alignment design that met CSX’s specifications, provided adequate rail car capacity, and avoided adjacent properties by others.

CSX Mainline Turnout for Wye Track

Civil/Site Design:  POND Engineering

Track Construction:  Trac-Works