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Old 02-06-2018, 01:18 PM   #1
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Have a look at this live video Hump-Yard somewhere in Spain I believe......absolutely fascinating, would make a great modelling project.....HB

Various views across the yard appear from time to time.

Location of this yard is Rangierbahnhof near Zurich, Switzerland.

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Old 02-06-2018, 02:49 PM   #2
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Known in Britain as a hump shunting yard. There used to be a great many of them in the UK at one time but today I dont know if there are any left in use as we use block working instead.
Many models have been made of them. The real ones have brakes in the track to slow down the wagons. Tankers were not to be hump shunted as they were too heavy and dangerous. One of the yards in south Wales, it was well known in BR days for staff who wanted a day off work to take a tanker over the hump. The resulting damage to the yard would need a day or two to clean up, and in BR days the unions would back up the workers so the staff would get away with it, and they did time and time again. A breakdown train crew who were called out each time to clear up the mess told me "We never did get to watch a Wales rugby match. It wasn't until privatisation that we got to see some rugby!" (The brake down train crew thought privatisation was the best thing that ever happened on the railway and I can see their point). It is one of the reasons why hump shunting yards were closed in some parts of the UK. The other was that block working reduced operating costs.
Today, with the weakened unions, staff would face the sack and rightly so if they tried to do this.

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Old 02-06-2018, 09:38 PM   #3
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Came across this video which contains a model of one.
A common mistake people make when designing something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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Old 02-06-2018, 11:52 PM   #4
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The real thing at Temple mills, had 2 X class 08's push up to 100 wagons up over the hump, the controller then directing wagons to the appropriate road on the way down there were retarders that griped the wagon wheel rim to slow them down, so i would enter the yard and detach from my train go over or round the hump to the far end then back onto a train to work back to the southern, at this point the road should be shut so no other wagons would enter the road off the hump, nothing perfect and several times the loco and attached wagons would be sent sliding down the sidings as more wagons arrived......
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There was a large French layout at Warley back a few years now which had an operating hump yard. Unfortunately I cannot remember it's name but it might still be in their archive.

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