Acca yard, Bryan park.  
     
 

Carl J. Hirtzel

One of CSX main rail yards in Virginia is Acca yard, a 24/7 yard located in the city of Richmond and Henrico county.

There are other, smaller yards located in the Richmond/Petersburg area and then there are yards in Newport News and Lynchburg.

Richmond's Acca yard is surrounded on three sides by 2 interstate highways, I195 and I64.

 
       
 

Carl J. Hirtzel

Besides the rail yard there is also the Bryan park engine terminal and car repair shop.

Located west of the rail yard, only separated from the rail yard by a creek.

The CSX maintenance of way repair facility is also located inside the former RF&P Bryan park repair shop.

 

 
     
 

During the RF&P days, locomotives, passenger and freight cars received major rebuilding and running repairs. Nowadays it provides fuel, sanding and minor repairs to locomotives, as well as freight cars.

 
       
 

Carl J. Hirtzel

East of the yard there is an transfer facility, Transflo, where tank cars and hopper cars get unloaded on to trucks.

This is a subsidiary of CSX corporation.

 

 

 
 

 

 
  On average the yard handles about 1000 cars (inbound and outbound total) per 24 hours. There are also a number of trough trains, that may need some attention at times, like crew, locomotive and/or EOT changes.  
     
  The yard.  
     
 

Acca yard has a total of proximally 143235 feet of track. This includes mainline and all yard tracks, except Bryan park and Transflo. Acca yard is split in 2 classification yards, the south and north yard which are separated in the middle of the yard by mainlines. On the west side of the yard is the Passenger MainLine located. This mainline was added by CSX after the RF&P take over, to allow Amtrak trains a quick and smooth passage.

There are 3 mainlines in the yard, mostly used for trough trains that require locomotive or crew changes. When a lead locomotive is removed or added, a class 3 brake test need to be performed also. The former RF&P mainline, between Richmond and Washington DC, is controlled with CTC and this requires locomotives to be equipped with the appropriate train control. The mainlines have a total of 19660 feet of track, or a total of 335 cars.

The north yard is the busiest of the 2 yards. With a total of 20 tracks, most classification is done here with 2 switching crews working all shifts. The north yard has a total of 65200 feet of track, or a total of 1162 cars.

The south yard, situated between the PML and other mainlines, has a total of 14 tracks, with 36665 feet of track, or a total of 658 cars.

There are 7 more tracks located on Acca yard, and they have a total of 257 cars. This brings the total to 2637 cars, or proximally 143235 feet of track.

 
     
 
 
  Aerial pictures from Google earth:  
     
 

Acca yard seen in birds eye view. Clearly visible are the interstates.

 

 
 

A different view of acca yard. The overpass on the foreground is Westwood ave. The second overpass is I195. The yard office and car inspectors trailer is located between these two overpasses.

 

 
 

Bryan park engine terminal, maintenance of way and car repair shop seen from above.

 

 
 

The yard office and car inspectors trailer is located between these two overpasses.

 

 
     

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This page was last updated on Thursday, November 20, 2008

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South yard North yard Mainlines Other tracks Yard total
    PML - 9100 A01 - 115 - 6360
2NA - 110 - 6250
 
S00 - 68 - 3650
S01 - 60 - 3340
S02 - 58 - 3240
S03 - 56 - 3250
S04 - 52 - 3170
S05 - 51 - 2820
S06 - 50 - 2760
S07 - 46 - 2545
S08 - 43 - 2350
S09 - 38 - 2140
S10 - 35 - 1940
S11 - 32 - 1730
S12 - 26 - 1400
S13 - 22 - 1180
S14 - 21 - 1150

Total - 658 - 36665

N01 - 120 - 6900
N02 - 125 - 7160
N03 - 130 - 7260
N04 - 78 - 4570
N05 - 75 - 4120
N06 - 72 - 4000
N07 - 70 - 3890
N08 - 66 - 3660
N09 - 60 - 3295
N10 - 57 - 3140
N11 - 53 - 2915
N12 - 48 - 2680
N13 - 42 - 2345
N14 - 36 - 2010
N15 - 32 - 1795
N16 - 27 - 1520
N17 - 23 - 1300
N18 - 19 - 1060
N19 - 15 - 820
N20 - 14 - 760

Total - 1162 - 65200

M04 - 110 - 6300
M03 - 115 - 6860
OM2 - 110 - 6500

Total - 335 - 19660

C00 - 7
135 - 7
Y13 - 22
Y14 - 28
RMP - 23
CWO - 75
HYD - 95
 

Total - 257

PML - 9100
M04 - 110 - 6300
M03 - 115 - 6860
S00 - 68 - 3650
OM2 - 110 - 6500
S01 - 60 - 3340
N01 - 120 - 6900
S02 - 58 - 3240
N02 - 125 - 7160
S03 - 56 - 3250
N03 - 130 - 7260
S04 - 52 - 3170
N04 - 78 - 4570
S05 - 51 - 2820
N05 - 75 - 4120
S06 - 50 - 2760
N06 - 72 - 4000
S07 - 46 - 2545
N07 - 70 - 3890
S08 - 43 - 2350
N08 - 66 - 3660
S09 - 38 - 2140
N09 - 60 - 3295
S10 - 35 - 1940
N10 - 57 - 3140
S11 - 32 - 1730
N11 - 53 - 2915
S12 - 26 - 1400
N12 - 48 - 2680
S13 - 22 - 1180
N13 - 42 - 2345
S14 - 21 - 1150
N14 - 36 - 2010
C00 - 7
N15 - 32 - 1795
135 - 7
N16 - 27 - 1520
Y13 - 22
N17 - 23 - 1300
Y14 - 28
N18 - 19 - 1060
RMP - 23
N19 - 15 - 820
CWO - 75
N20 - 14 - 760
HYD - 95
A01 - 115 - 6360
2NA - 110 - 6250

Total - 2637
Aprox -        - 143235