The Eye-Popping Science Fiction of Freight Yards at NightS

The CSX Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal is not a film set from the next Star Trek, but a logistics hub through which nearly 50 million tons of freight passes every year.

The Eye-Popping Science Fiction of Freight Yards at NightS

GE's Evolution Series locomotives control the overall flow of the containers, which are then moved, stacked, rotated, tracked, and taken out again in a semi-automated nightly ballet as everyone else remains asleep.

The whole thing is a futuristic glimpse of landscape-scale robotics at work—yet it's simply how goods move around the country and the world, a well-tempered infrastructural dream of synchronized moves and otherworldly lighting.

Give in to the hypnosis of watching choreographed megastructures move past and around one another in the video, above. [GE]

The Eye-Popping Science Fiction of Freight Yards at NightS

The Eye-Popping Science Fiction of Freight Yards at NightS

All photos by Chris New