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[swich-yahrd] /ˈswɪtʃˌyɑrd/
a railroad yard in which rolling stock is distributed or made up into trains.
Origin of switchyard
1885-90, Americanism; switch + yard2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Two points of interconnection to the substation will be constructed by utilizing two existing switchyard bays.
  • The switchyard is located in the central portion of the plant, south of the main buildings and north of the impoundment basins.
  • Originally there was a switchyard on each side of the river, one for each of the existing powerplants.
  • Locomotive engines, such as those used in commuter rail trains and switchyard trains operating in train yards.
  • The length of time until power was available to the switchyard ranged from approximately one hour to six and one half hours.

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