RIP track

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General view of part of the rip tracks at the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company Proviso Yard, Chicago, Ill. April 1943

A RIP track, short for repair inspect paint track,[1][2] is a designated track or tracks in a rail yard or along a main rail line where locomotives and/or railroad cars can be placed for minor repairs,[3] without removing the units from service, and sometimes without even removing a freight load from the car.[citation needed] In some yards, a RIP track may be used for staging locomotives or "bad order" cars for major repairs - some yards may have more than one RIP track to serve both functions.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Russell, John W. M. "Railway Terminology - Yard Configuration". home.cogeco.ca. Archived from the original on 18 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Parks, Walter. "RAILROAD, RIP TRACK, or Repair Track". carknocker.com. Archived from the original on 18 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Roberts, Randall. "RIP Facility/Track". Model Railroad Trains. About.com. Retrieved 18 August 2014.