Any Turntables and round houses still standing?

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Any Turntables and round houses still standing?
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 10:42 PM
I used to enjoy trooping around old round houses but not not many are left. Anyone know how to get a list of where some are?

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Posted by Ziggy on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 1:28 AM
I found this site which is not completely up-to-date, but helps.
http://www.rrshs.org/Struct.index/strucindex.htm

I know Evansville, IN still has a roundhouse and turntable in use at Howell yards.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 8:02 AM
Steamtown in Scranton, Pennsylvania has an operating roundhouse and turntable.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 4:12 PM
Bessmer & Lake Erie/CN Bessemer Division had an operating turntable and roundhouse in Greenville, PA as recently as four years ago, but I haven't been out that way in some time. I assume its still there.
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Posted by Noah Hofrichter on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 5:00 PM
In Janesville WI the Wisconsin and southern railroad still operates a turntable, and an old MIlwaukee road round house. really a neat place, with a ncie hill where you can legally sit and whatch the engiens repaired and switch the yard. Worth visiting if your ever in the area.

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 5:11 PM
Whitefish Montana-Roundhouse with operating turntable west of depot
Troy NY-Roundhouse is now plumbing contracter
Cuyahoga Hts OH- Newburg and South Shore has mini round house with turntable
they will give rides on turn table by request
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Posted by louisnash on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 8:33 PM
Paris KY on the TTI RR has roundhouse and turntable.

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 10:23 PM
NS still uses a century old round house in Asheville, NC but they don't use all of it if I remember correctly.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 10:30 PM
Quebec central uses a turntable and a roudhouse in Vallee Jonction. I think it's the only place where their maintenance is done.

There a picture of it: http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=63653
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Posted by espeefoamer on Thursday, September 30, 2004 2:13 PM
The BNSF yard in Vancouver WA.has a turntable.So does the Amtrak engine facility(ex ATSF)in L.A.The ex SP Taylor shops has one,also.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 22, 2004 6:38 PM
There is an operating turntable and roundhouse in Jamestown, Calif. Hurry to see it as someone will likely burn it down before they install a proper fire protection system.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, October 23, 2004 12:33 PM
The Bellvue Ohio Roundhouse and Turntable still stand but is not used.
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Posted by eolafan on Saturday, October 23, 2004 2:25 PM
The old SOO/WC/CN roundhouse and turntable in Stevens Point, WI is still in daily operation. The old CB&Q/BN/BNSF turntable at Eola Yard is still operable but rarely used these days, but their roundhouse here is long gone (although at any given moment you can see from a few to as many as ten or more units in the area near the turntable and where the roundhouse used to be).
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Posted by Pennsy58 on Sunday, October 24, 2004 8:01 AM
The Union Railroad, a small steel industry rail line in Pittsburgh, still uses their turntable and roundhouse. It is approachable and the entire engine shops are visible from US-22 on the west edge of Monroeville.
If you want to see an old manual turntable still in use check out the East Broad Top railroad in Robisonia,Pa.
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Posted by davews on Thursday, November 11, 2004 2:22 PM
BNSF has a rarely-used turntable 1/4 mile east of the newly-restored ATSF/Amtrak passenger depot in Dodge City, KS. The roundhouse which it used to service was torn down maybe late 80's early 90's.
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Posted by mloik on Thursday, November 11, 2004 5:43 PM
Al Krug's RR Photo Essays site (a great site, by the way) shows a working turntable in Sheridan, WY as late as Jan. '04.

http://krugtales.50megs.com/rrpictale/p040101/p040101.htm
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, November 11, 2004 8:39 PM
New Haven, Indiana the turntable is still in place and Frankfort, Indiana part of the roundhouse and the turntable is still in place. (The last time I was there, at least) Both yards are Norfolk Southern
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, November 11, 2004 11:17 PM
An 1856 CB&Q roundhouse exists in Aurora, Il. It was saved from demolition by METRA using a portion for a new station and the actual roundhouse being turned into the Walter Payton's Roundhouse Restaurant.

Can be reached from Chicago using the BNSF West Line. On weekends, $5 gets you an unlimited pass good for both days.

Check out the restaurant site. Try out some of the options. Neat site. It can seen at

http://www.restaurant.com/microsite.asp?rid=305405



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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, November 12, 2004 10:28 AM
In Spencer, NC there is a museum on former Southern Railway property, including roundhouse and turntable. Admission is free.

http://www.ci.salisbury.nc.us/nctrans/
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Posted by James35 on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 9:38 PM
Vermont Railway (Vermont Rail Systems) has a turntable and a small roundhouse in Burlington, VT.

New England Central has a roundhouse with turntable at St. Albans, VT.
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Posted by enr2099 on Wednesday, November 17, 2004 2:39 AM
There is a ten stall roundhouse, complete with Machine, Car, and Boiler shops, and Stores building located in Victoria, BC. The CPR Victoria Shops (aka=Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway's Russell's Roundhouse). VIA Rail uses the shops to maintain the RDC's used on trains 199 and 198. CP owns the buildings, but rents them out to the company VIA contracts to do the maintenance of the RDC's, the trackage outside the roundhouse and adjacent shops is leased to RailAmerica. While all the E&N's locomotives are based out of Nanaimo now, the shops are still a bee-hive of activity at night, as contracted shop crews clean and service the equipment for VIA Rail.



The Turntable still works, the shop crews turn the RDC's every few weeks to even out wear on the wheels. The last locomotive to be turned on the turntable was E&N GP38 3870 when it made the last revenue run to Victoria in 2001.


The turntable was originally a strong-arm turntable, around the early 1920's a steam engine was put on one end, today the engine is still there, but runs on comressed air.

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Posted by eolafan on Wednesday, November 17, 2004 11:37 AM
The EJ&E here in metro Chicago still has a very large roundhouse with operable turntable at their Joliet yards and shops.
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Posted by mmartian22 on Thursday, December 09, 2004 12:52 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by M.W. Hemphill

I know of no list. Stick this on the regular trainsmag.com forum and you might get a better response. I'd estimate there are more than 50 active turntables and 300-400 roundhouses still standing in North America. Just in Colorado, not the biggest rail state by any means, I can think of seven roundhouses and one turntable.
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Posted by mmartian22 on Thursday, December 09, 2004 1:04 PM
hi charlie i don"t have a list , but do know where three of them are. one is at the henry ford museum in detroit .the other is at steamtown . scranton pa. other one is at ansonia oh. just a turntable still being used .and another at dennison oh. i.am not sure of it though.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 11:50 AM
I visited a museum in Savanah Georgia a couple of years ago, where there was a round house, and turntable and a few old locos.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 11:01 PM
Steamtown, Scranton, PA
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Posted by csxengineer98 on Thursday, December 23, 2004 5:35 AM
cumberland MD.... turn table..and part of a round house
connellsville PA......turn table..but out of service at this time...
beaver falls PA... round house..but privet use..no turn table...
newell PA.. round house..but no turn table... building no longer in use and decaying..
mckeesport PA... round house..but no turn table...and no long used
conway PA.... turn table and round house....
altoon PA ...turn table and round house...
hazelwood PA...belive their is a round house ... no turn table and no longer used

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, December 23, 2004 12:34 PM
Barr yard Riverdale, IL former B&O, now CSX. A turntable and roundhouse, both very old, but active.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, January 20, 2005 4:12 PM
In the B yards in Centralia,Il is a partial roundhouse and active turntable
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, January 20, 2005 5:06 PM
North Fond du Lac, WI(Shops Yard) still has both. However, with the CN takeover of WC, neither sees much use except to turn engines and do minor servicing.[V]

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