Rail Yard Tank Pops a Lid


A fire inside a 6,000-gallon lube oil tank led to an explosion at the Union Pacific Railroads Bailey Yard facility in Nebraska on Oct. 4.

About 12:30 p.m. in the afternoon we had a fire that resulted in an explosion, Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis told Lube Report. The explosion blew the top off the tank but the cylinder structure remained intact.

The incident didnt result in any chemical releases, according to Davis. Emergency responders showed up with foam and put out the fire at about 1:36 p.m., he said. There were no injuries. The cause is under investigation.

According to Union-Pacifics web site, Bailey yard covers 2,850 acres, reaching a total length of eight miles. The fueling and service center processes more than 8,500 locomotives each month.

Where this occurred is at what we call a run-through track, which would be a service station where you get fuel and, if theres any need for lube oil, they also apply lube oil, Davis noted.

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