Linwood Yard

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Linwood Yard is one of the largest classification railroad yards in North Carolina. The yard is operated by Norfolk Southern Railway (NS). The yard is located 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Salisbury off Interstate 85 in Davidson County, west of Linwood. The yard is on the edge of the NS Charlotte District and Danville District, and the Asheville District is nearby in Salisbury.


Linwood Yard started operations in 1979 for the Southern Railway, before the NS merger. The project cost $49 million to build. The yard is 275 acres (1.11 km2) and 4.5 miles (7.2 km) long and consists of more than 65 miles (105 km) of track. The yard facilities include diesel locomotive repair shops, which replaced older facilities at the nearby Spencer Shops.[1]

Current operation[edit]

More than the 20 freight trains are handled by Linwood Yard every day. More than 1,000 employees serve the yard, and the yard reassembles more than 3,000 cars a day.