Mile 16.7: Pinafore Yard

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Located just south of St. Thomas, Pinafore Yard served as a large winter storage facility for coal. By the time the last ferry sailed sometime in mid December this yard would be filled to capacity with coal hoppers to last London through the winter. The yard is six tracks wide in a doubled-ended configuration and includes interchange tracks with direct connection to the Pere Marquette. After ferry operations ceased in the early 1930s the yard was no longer used and was gradually dismantled over the years to reclaim the rail for other uses.

Here is the passenger shelter at the south end of the yards. Double track operation begins here. Northbound trains take the diverging route through the switch and travel on the right hand (east) main. The switch was of a special type that was normally set to the diverging route to accomodate the northbound trains, but had sprung points so southbound trains could pass through without stopping to line up for the straight path.
(MSTS Screenshot)

 

Looking North from Hwy 4
(MSTS Screenshot)

Here, L1 threads a string of loaded coal hoppers through the yard northbound toward London.
(MSTS Screenshot)

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