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Union Pacific ICTF Family Day  May 22, 2004

By Richard Elgenson, RailNews Network

On this busy day, ICTF was very accomodating to allow a special train to visit.  The physical plant of ICTF is single rail (2 tracks) access, with six working tracks 12 to 17 double-stack cars in length.  Two outside tracks are reserved for run-around and escape track. Usually ICTF handles 7 outbound and 9 inbound COFC or TOFC trains per day with approximately 2200 containers transloaded utilizing 2800 container parking stalls divided up into 5 areas  Trains enter and depart through the north end.  The south end of ICTF contains administration buildings and various offices and control tower.  The entrance gate is located here featuring 16 all weather, reversable trucking lanes.  Pertinent information is input via portable handheld computers at check-in point.  This is also a high security facility utilizing gates, closed circuit cameras and security personnel.  ICTF's production is more than doubled by use of nine similar length Dolores Yard tracks to stage double stack cars and/or portions of made up trains.  A high tech real time computer system allows real time reporting of all yard activities to control inventory.  Hostlers with on-board computer devices move containers on chassis to numbered color coded parking stalls.  The Ramp Manager has the ability to monitor the hostler's performance through the computer.  Special location finders help truckers find locations of containers in the yard.

At around 3 p.m. Union Pacific fired up 5013 for the return trip back to Los Angeles.  The few people who had arrived by train boarded and at 3:30 p.m. the train crew did an air test, moved over one track and forward northerly, up an outer easterly track at ICTF.  Before the 405 freeway the tracks merged to a set of two ducking under 223rd Street, the freeway and over Alameda Street to Dolores yard.



On the left is the Dolores Locomotive Facility roundhouse and sand tower.  The train crept up Alameda Street using the Dolores Industrial Lead track.  Union Pacific is rebuilding some of the Dolores yard tracks and some had not even been ballasted yet.




The train moved ever closer to the Alameda Corridor which has been no more than a few hundred yards to the west all day.  The Dolores Industrial Lead joins the Alameda Corridor (MP10.6) a few tenths of a mile south of the 91 freeway.  One improvement as part of the corridor improvement plan was to rebuild Alameda Street and give it a grade separation from the railroad tracks which are now four tracks wide at this point. 



The Dolores Industrial Lead track contributes one track north into the corridor for perhaps a half mile.  Just past the Alameda Street grade separation the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportaion Agency Blue Line flys over the whole scene.  Also at this point (MP11.7), the U.P. Wilmington Subdivision splits off of the west side of the corridor, only to rejoin near downtown Los Angeles.



The corridor now has Alameda Street on the west side and after the 91 freeway overcrossing, the Alameda Corridor dives into a 3 track wide 33 foot deep trench which is 10 miles long.  Along the east side of the corridor trench is a surface track which parallels the trench up towards the north. 

ICTF Page 3 The Alameda Corridor

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