Casky Coal Train Inspection Yard

Casky Coal Train Inspection Yard

When coal trains are longer than two miles each, where do you take them for inspections? In Hopkinsville, Kentucky, they go to a 238-acre inspection yard designed and built by Balfour Beatty.

When coal trains are longer than two miles each, where do you take them for inspections? In Hopkinsville, Kentucky, they go to a 238-acre inspection yard designed and built by Balfour Beatty.

Location
Hopkinsville, KY
Client
CSX Transportation
Year Completed
2014
Sector
Rail
Value
$50M - $100M
Market Type
Class 1, Freight
Services
Alternative Delivery, Design-build

The 238-acre Casky Yard Coal Train Inspection Yard is located on the CSXT Henderson Subdivision. Balfour Beatty was responsible for the design and construction of the railyard where empty northbound coal trains pull into the inspection tracks for required 1,000-mile inspections.
 
Track spacing allows for the inspection vehicles and fuel trucks to travel between in a one-way direction. The perimeter road is paved from one end of the terminal to the other.
 
With fueling capability at both ends, the yard also has capability to inspect southbound trains. On-site fuel storage tanks have been provided on the south end for the “over-the-road” drivers to bring fuel to the site. Private mobile fuel tanks are used internally for fueling and servicing locomotives trackside.