Remaining turntables in New England?

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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby rrr » Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:57 pm

does anyone know what is left of both the turntables and roundhouses in Nashua.

I was only able to locate the single stall on temple St.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby bm1838 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:42 pm

Three off mind that I dont think I saw mentioned in this forum.

1. Rockingham Junction West Wye (turn table pit remains)

2. Rochester NH, In KFC parking lot was where turntable was I think there may be some stone reminants.

3. Mount Whitter (Conway Branch west ossipee). Turntable pit remains at the east side of the south mainline switch.

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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby Mikejf » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:56 pm

One pit I forgot to mention, and I don't know how accessible it is now. There is one in Standish, right next to Sebago Lake. Next to the boat ramp. It is now fenced off by the Portland Water District. Unfortunately, there is no good view of it on Google Maps.

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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby rrr » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:37 pm

did the standish table ever have a roundhouse
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby Mikejf » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:53 pm

Yes Russ. 2 stall. Had to look it up in the Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division book to be certain. Some actual photos are in the background of the Sebago station shots, next to the water tank.

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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby cabooser » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:32 pm

There is one (or remnants of it) located in Danvers, MA- on the Salem-Lawrence line. It sits above the Danvers river.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby The EGE » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:56 pm

Hm, Can't find it on historic maps or images. Can you give a more accurate bead on the location? (That one's close enough to me I could actually go see it.)
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby Brendan » Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:20 am

The TT pit that was part of the Valley RR in old Saybrook was mentioned ( that now is a park) but the Valley RR has another little known TT pit on the line on the east side of the tracks at the southern yard limit of Goodspeed yard in Haddam. It was used to turn a shoreline commuter train in the 1890s that terminated Goodspeed/East Haddam. Was there one on the north end of the line in Hartford?
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby rrr » Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:53 pm

The EGE wrote:Hm, Can't find it on historic maps or images. Can you give a more accurate bead on the location? (That one's close enough to me I could actually go see it.)

Agreed, been looking and can't find it in historical maps or Bing maps. Does anyone know where the Danvers turntable is?
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby TomNelligan » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:05 am

Was there one on the north end of the line in Hartford?


I'm sure that the ancestral Hartford & Connecticut Valley RR would have had one since they had to turn their locomotives, but after everything consolidated into the New Haven in ther 20th century the NH's engine terminal including a turntable and roundhouse was across the river in East Hartford.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby highrail » Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:09 pm

There is no remaining turntable in Danvers. I have walked every bit of the line. At one time there was at least a hand operated turntable next to Essex Street, near Elm/Sylvan Streets. It was adjacent to the tracks that are still there. I have seen an aerial photo which clearly shows the location. The date is unclear of the photo, but one clue of the time period is that they are just beginning construction of Rt 128 in the back area of the photo, so would that be the early-mid 1950's?
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby rrr » Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:06 pm

highrail wrote:There is no remaining turntable in Danvers. I have walked every bit of the line. At one time there was at least a hand operated turntable next to Essex Street, near Elm/Sylvan Streets.
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Thanks Steve- -very helpful.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby highrail » Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:36 am

I was trying to get a closer look at the aerail photo to determine if indeed the Danvers turntable was a hand operated turntable. Hmmm, looks like a small shack at one end...I wonder if it operated from the air pressure on the locomotive, similar to the conway scenic. Conway also has a small shack, which is why I am intrigued by this one.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby Ridgefielder » Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:20 am

TomNelligan wrote:
Was there one on the north end of the line in Hartford?


I'm sure that the ancestral Hartford & Connecticut Valley RR would have had one since they had to turn their locomotives, but after everything consolidated into the New Haven in ther 20th century the NH's engine terminal including a turntable and roundhouse was across the river in East Hartford.

Where was the Central New England's Hartford engine terminal?
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby Vikingservices » Sun Apr 14, 2013 4:02 pm

Ridgefielder wrote:
TomNelligan wrote:
Was there one on the north end of the line in Hartford?


I'm sure that the ancestral Hartford & Connecticut Valley RR would have had one since they had to turn their locomotives, but after everything consolidated into the New Haven in ther 20th century the NH's engine terminal including a turntable and roundhouse was across the river in East Hartford.

Where was the Central New England's Hartford engine terminal?


The CNE turntable was located off Walnut ST in Hartford, there facility was relocated across the river in E Hartford after the original engine house fire.

There is still a turntable pit in West Winsted located off John St. which used to be the CNE Yard. It is buried, but the stone is still visible.

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