The yardmaster is a railroad employee in charge of a rail yard. Duties involve managing and coordinating all activities in combining rolling stock into trains, breaking down trains into individual railroad cars, and switching trains from track to track in the rail yard. In the United States of America, yardmasters are eligible to join the Railroad Yardmasters of America.
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Notable former yardmasters in the U.S.
- John Walker Barriger III (1899–1976) assistant yardmaster at the Pennsylvania Railroad
- George B. Swan
- Al Alquist at the Southern Pacific Railroad
- Walter Ellsworth Bachman, Sr. (1879–1958) at the Lehigh Valley Railroad
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Source: "Yardmaster", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, March 24th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yardmaster.
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