Modern Era

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Tim K, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. Tim K

    Tim K Member

    Are turntables still in use today in any yards?

    Tim K
  2. theBear

    theBear Member

    Maine Eastern Railroad does at the end of their Rockland run there sits a small shop with a turntable.

    Morristown & Erie started freight service in Maine in 2003 as Maine Eastern Railroad, this was followed by passenger service in 2004 between two coastal towns with stops at two other coastal towns.

    I was across the street from the yard in Rockland this past August, got to look at trains while my wife did the quilt shop thing.
  3. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Canadian National used their Toronto Turntable and roundhouse well into the diesel era. They stopped when they sold the roundhouse and passenger yard off off for a football stadium.
  4. babydot94513

    babydot94513 Member in training

    Could be, but I have yet to see one in use on a class one railroad in California.

  5. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    What about the one in Stockton, or is it Tracy?
  6. Taylor

    Taylor New Member

    I don't know how much use this turntable gets these days, but here is an aerial shot of a yard in Baltimore:

  7. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    There is a turntable still in use on the East Broad Top Railroad during tourest season. Of course that is a touriest rail line now. It is turned by the engineer or the fireman. But other than that, that is the closest one to me & the only one that I know of that is still in operation.
  8. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Here is another look from above - this time it's a turntable in Geneva, Switzerland. It is still in daily use, since it offers the only way to reach the 'back entrance' of the car repair shop with the red roof in the center of the picture.
    (This might also be the case in Taylor's pic above)


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  9. Tim K

    Tim K Member

    Thanks for the help guy's.
    I am planning a modern era layout and thought it would be cool to include the turntable .

    Great overhead pics , sure gives you a better perspective on just how much realestate a yard can use up.Is there a web site for pics like that ?

    Thanks again

    Tim K
  10. tverskaya

    tverskaya Member

    Looks like Google Earth to me.

    Was able to locate the Geneva picture without any trouble there.
  11. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    You're right, tverskaya - Google Earth is a fantastic tool for visiting almost every spot on Earth! (The needed software can be downloaded for free at this site:

    In certain spots you can even distinguish single RR tracks, so that you can study the trackplan of certain stations. However, this doesn't work everywhere, because the resolution of the pictures shows big differences. But at least you can follow a RR line across the countryside - an interesting feature for trackplanners and TRAINZ users. :thumb:

  12. theBear

    theBear Member

    Here is a terraserver view of Guilford's Rigby Yard in South Portland, Maine.

    That sure looks like a round house and turntable to me.

    The photo is 1997|portland|maine|

    Oh and we don't have a class one (that is if you exempt Amtrak that runs passenger service over Guilford's lines) railroad up here in the sticks :D .

    We seem to be stuck with branch lines and such.

    There also used to be turntables in Bangor, Waterville, Belfast, Northern Maine Junction (Hermon), Eastport, and other strange places.

    Northern Maine Junction BAR 1997|bangor|maine|

    Salmon Falls Calais Maine MEC 1996 Standing round house, and turntable, most of the yard tracks are gone.|calais|maine|
  13. jcoop1

    jcoop1 Member

    There are two turntables in Sacramento Ca, and one transfer table.
    The turntable at the muesum is still used. the turntabel at the old sp railyards is not used but the transfer tabel has been rebuilt and is used I believe. I found both on google earth but am unable to capture and post a pic.
  14. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    There is a turn table in Port Jervis New York. The Cheasapeake & Ohio 614 ran from Hobokin Nj. to there and was turned for return trip about 5 years ago. They used a bull dozer to turn it. It was a good ride speeds if 70 plus MPH.

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