Remaining turntables in New England?

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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby trainsinmaine » Tue May 09, 2017 9:25 am

The old Athol roundhouse of the Boston & Albany's Athol Branch is still standing. The branch was abandoned in 1935 at the time of the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir. Curiously, a quarter-mile or so of the rails are still there, long dormant, heading toward the Athol depot which the line shared with the B&M's Fitchburg main. Adjacent to them, next to the B&M, stands the brick roundhouse, which is now used by a local person for storage. It is accessible, to an extent, by car or by foot; the access is a bit hard to find, and it's barely worth the effort. Unfortunately, the building is surrounded by an industrial fence and a lot of junk. While one can walk right up to it, it's actually far better seen from the other side of the B&M. Contact me if you want directions. I don't know whether the turntable pit is still there; if it is, it's not readily visible.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby The EGE » Tue May 09, 2017 2:30 pm

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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby Fritz » Wed May 10, 2017 12:31 pm

Hello,
Just an update: The turntable on the WACR in St. Johnsbury, Vermont is indeed serviceable but is rarely used.
Best,
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby kwf » Thu May 11, 2017 6:33 am

Washington Jct has remnants
44.555215, -68.378831

Bucksport
44.580318, -68.807480

NMJ looks filled in
44.790460, -68.865355

Bangor gone
44.785960, -68.777393

Keag gone
45.516753, -68.350499
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby b&m 1566 » Fri May 12, 2017 9:02 am

I quickly browsed through the thread, it doesn't appear to have been mention yet so... Caribou, ME has a Turntable and Roundhouse that's still in place.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby arthur d. » Fri May 12, 2017 8:50 pm

Just remembered, the remains of another one in North Conway. Its on the east side of town on the mountain division. Pretty overgrown last time I saw it.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby NHV 669 » Sat May 13, 2017 1:26 pm

I believe it's here, Arthur:

https://www.google.com/maps/@44.0490134,-71.1237765,292m/data=!3m1!1e3

in that clump of trees, above the dirt patch.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby arthur d. » Sat May 13, 2017 3:53 pm

I believe you are correct. I can't remember, did the MeC build this or was it a predecessor?
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby NHV 669 » Sun May 14, 2017 9:19 am

MEC. Based on info from the CSRX thread, it was built in 1926
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby arthur d. » Sun May 14, 2017 11:50 am

Thank you.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby arthur d. » Sun May 28, 2017 10:02 pm

Dick H wrote:Portsmouth Engine House and Turntable in 2006, Photo by Stephen Hussar.
http://photos.nerail.org/showpic/?photo ... ex=0&key2=

As far as I know, it is still there, although I have not visited the area.
Probably, a haz-mat cleanup situation preventing the sale of the property
for other uses.



Test driving a bicycle today, found myself beside this one. A little more overgrown, more debris in the pit, the control house in a bit rougher around the edges, but its remarkably the same as it appears in the 2006 image. There's a new brew pub in the building beside it (behind the photographer in this image).
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby buddydog » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:26 pm

paper mill at rumford, maine had one in this 1989 video. is it still there?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fn4oUePZvU [ 5:56]
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby woodeen » Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:12 am

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