rip track - repair in place. Cars needing minor repairs were "spotted on the "rip track" for those repairs.
Track in a yard where equipment is stored while awaiting repairs, or where minor car repairs are performed.
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Rip Track A small car repair facility, often a single track in a small yard. Name derived from "Repair, Inspect and Paint." Rolling Resistance Resistance that is made up of wheel friction, journal friction, and wind resistance. It is non recoverable.
See also: What is the meaning of Switch, Engine, Point, Train, Yard?