Classification yard

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North Yard in Denver, Colorado, a typical U.S. classification yard in 2009

A classification yard (American and Canadian English) or marshalling yard (including hump yards) (British, Indian English and Canadian English) is a railroad yard found at some freight train stations, used to separate railroad cars on to one of several tracks. First the cars are taken to a track, sometimes called a lead or a drill. From there the cars are sent through a series of switches called a ladder onto the classification tracks. Larger yards tend to put the lead on an artificially built hill called a hump to use the force of gravity to propel the cars through the ladder.

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