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    Video weird little private yard,Fremont, California

    I was driving along, and look into a parking lot, and see it's full of tanker cars!? Went back and took a few pictures, a very confusing place with tankers, covered hoppers, and no obvious to empty/fill them

    http://goo.gl/maps/wDFmf gives a nice view of it. Note the scale 4-6" radius turn off the mainline, to get to ittanker_yard_1_outside.jpgtanker_yard_2_crossing.jpg

    looking at the switch, it's got a weird little plate on the right rail, a derail?

    tanker_yard_3_derail.jpg

    Taking 2 photos through the fence, can see trailer on left says Hydrogen Peroxide. But why do they need pipe reguarly delivered (can see some being delivered in the google maps pic too)

    tanker_yard_5_inside_left.jpg and to the righttanker_yard_4_inside_right.jpg

    What's really interesting is that on 3 sides the streets are no stopping, with a gigantic empty field to south (left in pictures), while there's a business complex on other side of the trees to the right.

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    Maybe it is literally a "park" where wagons are held over until they get reassigned to their destination. Happens with container yards, so ... . Anyway, nice pics and thanks for sharing. I hope you find the reason someday and let us know about it. It could be a useful prototype for a free modeller who wants some yards, but doesn't have space around the industries! Cheers, Bill.

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    Wow that grade crossing makes me feel better about when I chip the plaster on my crossings.

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    Those are some useful pics , thanks for sharing .

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    It does look like an extension of the yard located south of there.
    If you click on KML in the link you provided it will open Google earth on your PC and the track layout becomes visible.
    My guess is that it is also used as a team track (or should I say team yard) of some sort looking at it in google earth.

    That yellow plate almost looks like it helps guide the rolling stock into the turnout (temporary easy fix maybe?).

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    This is just a wild guess, but noting the yard is paved and the numerous semi truck tankers there, could it be the trucks pull up to the rail cars and pump liquids into or out of the rail cars?
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    You didn't mention that this yard was just up the street from Tesla Motors!

    It's a bulk goods transfer facility. Quality Transport, Inc. http://www.qatp-trh.com/

    So yeah, basically a modern-day team track, except it's owned by a transport company, rather than the railroad.
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    I thought it was unrelated to Tessa/ the numi plant, which is its own interesting location. I wasn't aware there where such private truck-rail companies so was most confused by the different cars and lack of dedicated unloading equipment.

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    Hoppers and tanks can be unloaded by truck. I watched the process in Point Richmond a few years ago.

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    TD wins it lol...that it a modern day "team track"...CSX used have places like that all over in big cities and little towns...called them B.I.D.S Terminals (Bulk Intermodal Distribution Services)...basicaly enough tracks to serve customers with direct paved access to the railcars...most customers supplied their own unloading/loading apperatii...i worked/switched the bids in wixom mi late 90's...3 plastic co.'s (hoppers) a brick dealer (boxcars) and 2 chemical co.s (tanks and hoppers)...they trucked everything the few miles to the bids terminal...way most excellent way to get traffic on your model....few spur tracks and run a switch job

    fwiw heres the wixom bids http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=42.51....3&r=0&src=msa
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    That was actually a fun search. I looked at the Google Maps satellite image enough to make a reasonable guess that it was a transfer facility. Then I did a Google search on "fremont CA transfer facility old warm springs blvd". That was enough to bring up a link to the Quality Transport site, where I went and verified that (a) the corporate headquarters were just a few blocks away from the site, and (b) they do indeed have a bulk transfer facility in Fremont... with photos that look a LOT like the google satellite shots.

    The Tesla site was a bonus
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    Apologies for the bump.

    Was just browsing through this forum prior to making my own inquiries into this area. Just found the facility in question on Google Earth, and thought it would make an interesting model, either standalone, or as a plug in to a larger layout. I was after somebody to confirm my suspicions that this was indeed a transload facility, and what, other than tankers, would be unloaded there.

    What luck that I found this thread

    Now, planning can begin.

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    hehe, it's a small world

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