1 MARCH 2000
Figure 8-6. Concrete Side Ramp.
7. CONTAINER TERMINALS.
a. A container loading area includes at least one track spur with sufficient space on one or both sides of
the track for a container handler to operate. The required size of a container terminal is related primarily
to the largest volume of cargo that must be handled in the shortest time period. General plans and
additional design guidance for container terminals can be found in the AREMA manual.
b. A container terminal should meet the following design criteria:
(1) Include at least one straight spur track long enough to hold a minimum of five flatcars.
(2) Have one entrance and one exit to the yard area located to establish a one-way circular traffic
(3) Have sufficient open area for a Rough Terrain Container Handler (RTCH) to efficiently operate.
(4) Have a surface that will support the weight of a RTCH carrying a loaded 40-ft container.
(5) For night operations, have "Parking Lot" type lighting positioned so that the light poles will not
interfere with the operation of the RTCH or truck-trailers operating inside the yard.
(6) If a secured area is required, have a perimeter fence with a sally port across each track entry and
exit. (See paragraph 13, chapter 8.)