for a set of tracks which branches off from a rail line into a dead end and is used to store rolling stock
and accomplish loading and unloading from factories. There may be only one or several offshoots in the same area, both will be called a layup. Frequently the layup will be built so that a boxcar
sitting on a section of the track with it's side door open will have the floor flush and level with a loading dock to make loading with a forklift
find this arrangement useful for painting wholecars
since the side of the boxcar now starts at ground level instead of chest height, and flat concrete is much easier to position ladders on than sloped gravel.
Hunting and exploring in industrial areas to find layups is an obsessive yet rewarding past-time. Some writers work delivery jobs
which allow them to visit a cities cracks and corners as much as possible because it helps them locate layups for after hours. How close a house
is to freight yards
or layups can be an important part of picking the right new home, depends on dedication. Sidings
will be called layups by most writers, railfans
and railroad workers
will probably not use that name.