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By Jeff Stagl, Managing EditorFor BNSF Railway Co., bigger is better — especially when it comes to automotive facilities. On June 1, the Class I opened a new auto facility in Littleton, Colo., near Denver that features three times the acreage, twice the trackage and significantly more parking spaces than the Irondale, Colo., facility it replaced.The Big Lift facility — named after a former Santa Fe Railway intermodal terminal in Denver — features 2,200 parking spaces and 12,000 feet of track, and can accommodate the unloading of 65 rail cars from an automotive unit train each day. About 28 to 35 cars could be unloaded daily at the Irondale facility, which housed 1,474 parking spots.
Big Lift features directional LED lighting systems that shine upward to prevent light "bleed out" from the auto facility.Photo: BNSF Railway Co.
The automotive facility can process 130,000 vehicles annually.Photo: BNSF Railway Co.