1 MARCH 2000
a. This chapter addresses the design of railroad terminal and support facilities that are primarily
intended to support unit mobilization. (Design and planning information for terminals at supply depots or
ammunition plants should be obtained from the Construction Branch of the Army Materiel Command).
b. Terminals contain track and facilities for:
(1) Loading and unloading: tracked and wheeled vehicles, containers, equipment, ammunition, fuel,
and general supplies.
(2) Holding: empty cars waiting to be loaded or loaded cars waiting to be unloaded, or cars that
require repair or adjustment of the load or tie-downs.
(3) Switching: maneuvering cars around the terminal, re-ordering or turning a line of cars, or allowing
an engine to get on either side of a cut of cars.
(4) Interchange: holding loaded or empty cars waiting to be picked up by the connecting commercial
carrier, or cars delivered to the installation by the commercial carrier.
(5) Storage: for cars infrequently used or moved.
(6) Fueling and housing engines.
2. SITING AND GENERAL LAYOUT.
a. In the siting and layout of terminals, the designer must consider space requirements, logistics,
security, safety, the presence and use of existing facilities, character of the terrain and natural drainage,
as well as mission requirements. When locating a terminal area, a site must be selected that has the
correct size, shape, and orientation so that it provides convenient access for both vehicles and railroad
b. Where space is very limited, two or more separate terminals may be considered to provide sufficient
capacity. This option may result in better traffic flow and less congestion than might occur at a single site,
but might also complicate command and control of loading operations and security arrangements.
3. TRACK DESIGN.
a. Design Wheel Loads.
(1) For through running tracks in terminal areas, use table 2-2, "10 MPH or Less."