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Images: Behind the scenes at the Union Pacific Auto Facility

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  • Facility Ramp Manager Robert Holmes drives a car out of at tri-level rail car at the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago. When driving out of the rail car you cannot see the ramp when the car is at the edge, making for an interesting experience.

       Facility Ramp Manager Robert Holmes drives a car out of at tri-level rail car at the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago. When driving out of the rail car you cannot see the ramp when the car is at the edge, making for an interesting experience.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Holmes carefully drives a car out of a rail car at the facility.

       Holmes carefully drives a car out of a rail car at the facility.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Automobiles are ready to be unloaded at the Union Pacific Auto Facility.

       Automobiles are ready to be unloaded at the Union Pacific Auto Facility.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • New cars are lined up in the auto load lines in West Chicago.

       New cars are lined up in the auto load lines in West Chicago.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A worker removes a wheel chuck as he prepares a rail car for unloading.

       A worker removes a wheel chuck as he prepares a rail car for unloading.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Holmes walks between two of the four rows of auto carrier rail cars at the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago.

       Holmes walks between two of the four rows of auto carrier rail cars at the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Drivers line up new cars in the auto load lines.

       Drivers line up new cars in the auto load lines.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Rows and rows of new cars wait in the vehicle parking bays for auto haulers to pick them up.

       Rows and rows of new cars wait in the vehicle parking bays for auto haulers to pick them up.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Auto carrier rail cars are staged to be unloaded at the Union Pacific West Chicago Auto Facility.

       Auto carrier rail cars are staged to be unloaded at the Union Pacific West Chicago Auto Facility.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Workers prepare a rail car for unloading.

       Workers prepare a rail car for unloading.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Auto hauler drivers retrieve vehicles from the vehicle parking bays.

       Auto hauler drivers retrieve vehicles from the vehicle parking bays.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A car is driven out of one of the rail cars.

       A car is driven out of one of the rail cars.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Workers prepare a rail car for unloading at the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago.

       Workers prepare a rail car for unloading at the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Auto hauler drivers retrieve vehicles from the vehicle parking bays.

       Auto hauler drivers retrieve vehicles from the vehicle parking bays.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • New cars are lined up in the auto load lines.

       New cars are lined up in the auto load lines.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Auto haulers are lined up as the drivers retrieve vehicles from the vehicle parking bays.

       Auto haulers are lined up as the drivers retrieve vehicles from the vehicle parking bays.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A new car is driven into the vehicle parking bays area while an auto hauler waits to exit the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago. For safety and security purposes, no private vehicles are allowed in or out of the facility while automobiles are being transferred.

       A new car is driven into the vehicle parking bays area while an auto hauler waits to exit the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago. For safety and security purposes, no private vehicles are allowed in or out of the facility while automobiles are being transferred.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • New cars are driven over a specially designed bridge from the auto load lines to the vehicle parking bays at the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago.

       New cars are driven over a specially designed bridge from the auto load lines to the vehicle parking bays at the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A car is driven out of one of the rail cars at the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago.

       A car is driven out of one of the rail cars at the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Rows and rows of new cars wait for auto haulers to pick them up.

       Rows and rows of new cars wait for auto haulers to pick them up.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Every car at the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago is parked on the left yellow parking space line. Parking all the vehicles that way prevents dinging the door of the car next to it.

       Every car at the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago is parked on the left yellow parking space line. Parking all the vehicles that way prevents dinging the door of the car next to it.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A truck is driven out of one of the rail cars.

       A truck is driven out of one of the rail cars.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A car is driven out of one of the rail cars at the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago. This facility is where automobiles are transferred from train cars to auto haulers for distribution to local and regional dealerships.

       A car is driven out of one of the rail cars at the Union Pacific Auto Facility in West Chicago. This facility is where automobiles are transferred from train cars to auto haulers for distribution to local and regional dealerships.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 

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