a railroad yard in which rolling stock is distributed or made up into trains.

Origin of switchyard

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; switch + yard2
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British Dictionary definitions for switch yard

switch yard


US and Canadian an area in a railway system where rolling stock is shunted, as in forming trains
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