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George_Harris
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Turntables
 
« on: Mar 21st, 2014, 2:57pm »
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Surprisingly enough, there are quite a few turntables still in service, include a few built quite recently.  It was not just steam endgines that needed turning.  Since modern diesels are single ended, there are numerous occasions where there is the need to turn one around.  This requires either a wye track or a turntable.  The usual is to run multiple units, preferable with the units put together back to back so that there is a cab on both ends of the set.  However there are also plenty of occasions where only a single unit is used or you end up with a set of units with all cabs aimed the same way.  
 
I am going to start with a couple of currently in use and fairly recently built turntables.  Let's see what is out there.  Please give the location, and it would be nice to have a picture and some information on the size and status of the turntable, plus other details such as age.


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Lfire83
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 21st, 2014, 5:16pm »
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Unfortunately as far as I know, the only turntable in Georgia is at the Inman yard in Atlanta next to the diesel shop. It has a single through track solely for turning power, no roundhouse or storage tracks. Albany GA used to have one, but recently the pit was filled in. As for the Georgia Southwestern, there are 4 wyes in service at Smithville, Dawson, Cuthbert, and Arlington. Plenty of places to turn power.....

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« Reply #2 on: Mar 24th, 2014, 6:17pm »
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CSX still has a turntable in use at Eastside yard in South Philadelphia.

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« Reply #3 on: Mar 25th, 2014, 7:36pm »
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Here is one recently built for the KCS in Kansas City.
 
Several pictures of this turntable taken during construction can be found here:  
http://garneyindustrial.com/industries-railroad.php



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« Reply #4 on: Mar 25th, 2014, 7:41pm »
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Texas State Railroad has one at Maydelle, TX (ex-M-K-T, I think, moved from elsewhere and installed twenty or twenty five years ago). At least one in Fort Worth, in one of the yards there.
 
Probably others, but i know of those.


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« Reply #5 on: May 14th, 2014, 1:51am »
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The Steam Railroading Institute/MSTRP (Project 1225) has a turntable obtained from New Buffalo, MI (IIRC) which they extended by about five feet on each end to accommodate the big Berkshire and installed in a new pit at their Owosso location about 10-12 years back. It wasn't long before the T&SBY (now Great Lakes Central), whose shops adjoin the SRI property, discovered how useful a working turntable could be for positioning Diesels and began borrowing the use of it on a semi-regular basis.


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« Reply #6 on: May 14th, 2014, 1:55am »
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There is also a working turntable at the Fort Worth Stockyards used by the Grapevine Vintage Railroad to turn the locomotive for their excursion trains, which then runs around the cars to pull them out in the opposite direction.


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