• Cleveland Area - Rockport Yard / Motor Yard

  • Discussion relating to the NYC and subsidiaries, up to 1968. Visit the NYCS Historical Society for more information.
Discussion relating to the NYC and subsidiaries, up to 1968. Visit the NYCS Historical Society for more information.

Moderator: Otto Vondrak

  by Cactus Jack
 
Anyone have some background on this yard ?

What was it's genesis and original function and how has it changed over the years ?

Same for Motor Yard

Thanks
  by shlustig
 
Rockport was part of the Cleveland Short Line project c. 1910 and largely replaced the LS&MS West Park Yard which then became strictly a local service facility.

Short Line Jct. was at the east end of the yard and the Tower controlled the jct. of the Big Four / CUT mainline with the CSL.

At the west end of the yard, Tk. 3 Belt which came around the north side of Rockport tunnelled under the mainline and came up on the west side and merged with Tk. 3 Lakefront at Belt Jct.

Tk. 4 Belt diverged from Tk. 4 Lakefront at Belt Jct. and stayed on the south side of Rockport.

Motor Yard was a late-1950's PRR facility to service the industrial area anchored by the Ford Motor Walton Hills plant and later the Chrysler Twinsburg plant. It is laid out on the side of a hill, and for that reason the basic yard crew was a conductor and 3 brakemen with the 3rd man running around tying hand brakes on the low end of the yard. None of the switches were "run-throughs [Racor 22's)", there were no talkback speakers, lighting was minimal, and access to and from the mains was through hand-throw croosovers with permission being obtained from the operators at Hudson and Harvard as well as the YM. Only exception was a power switch off of #1 main at the low end of the yard. It was a lousy place to work. As the industrial base expanded, Motor Yard totally replaced the former Bedford Yard.