Remaining turntables in New England?

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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby NortheastTrainGuy1965 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:44 pm

I was first told about the CNE turntable in West Winstedwhen I started to research railroad history in the area.

I have since found out about the New Haven RR turntable and roundhouse located in Winsted between Willow St. and Maple St. which runs above it. It was on the site of what is now office suites and elderly housing. I noticed this on an 1874 map and then asked an elder family member about it. Found out he and his son jack hammered the remains of the turntable and roundhouse foundation to clear the property for the elderly housing. I was told there is a photo of the New Haven's Winsted roundhouse hanging at the Tributary Restaurant.

Anyone have any other info or photos?

BTW, I Google Earthed the region and it almost looks like there is the remains of a mangled turnout behind the elderly housing against the retaining wall on Maple St. Maybe it's just ground contour, but it sure looks like mangled tracks that would be approximately where they appear on the map I had seen. A spur ran off behind the roundhouse towards Maple St. towards Old Winsted Rd.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby CarterB » Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:28 pm

Mikejf wrote: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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Looks like a 'circle' in the view at N 43.76301 W 70.52112 on https://mapper.acme.com/
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby Mikejf » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:29 pm

That is close, but I don't remember it being that far from the main.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby Tom M » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:26 pm

You can't see it anymore, but prior to the parking lot adjacent to the Dover, NH Amtrak station being paved, stone remnants of a TT foundation could be seen. It was kind of SSW of the station, near the edge of the parking lot. I haven't checked to see if it would show up on any Google Earth images or not. The footprint of the former Dover station, where the 3rd Street parking lot is now (between the Central Avenue and Chestnut Street crossings) does appear on some Google Earth images. You can also see it in person. The pavement is a slightly lighter color. Not for long, though. The parking lot will soon disappear to be replaced by commercial and residential space. Very soon.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby Cowford » Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:17 pm

Along the line of turntable remnants: The Bridgton and Harrison pit off of Rt 113 as you enter Hiram. It's a hike into the woods, and prepare for ticks. Also, the B&A pit at Katahdin Iron Works at the end of the KI branch.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby Bill Reidy » Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:10 pm

Not mentioned so far is the new turntable completed last October at the WW&F Railway Museum. It's based on a Portland Company design.

viewtopic.php?f=126&t=47172&p=1404496&hilit=turntable#p1404496

This is the Museum's discussion thread on the turntable's construction:

http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php?topic=2628.0
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby NashuaActon&Boston » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:27 am

There's an active turntable in Rockland, Maine on the ex-MEC Rockland branch now operated by the CM&Q. I caught it in action a year (or two?) ago on one of the final Maine Eastern passenger excursions.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby Mikejf » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:38 am

I don't know why I did not think of this before, but how about a replica Portland Company turntable, built in 2016 in Alna, Me at the WW&F.

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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby NashuaActon&Boston » Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:29 pm

Allegedly there's remnants of a turntable pit in West Concord, MA, on the grounds of State Police barracks - opposite MCI Concord and just east of the rotary. Was located on the B&M's Reformatory Branch. There was once a station here as well. This section of the Reformatory Branch was abandoned in 1927.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby trainsinmaine » Mon May 01, 2017 3:23 pm

There is only one available online USGS map depicting the old Reformatory Branch when it still existed (the Framingham Quadrangle, 1894). The western terminus of the line is just beyond the parameters of the map. Did it actually join the New Haven's Framingham and Lowell Branch, or did it end where the West Concord Rotary is now located? As one heads east on Route 2 toward the Rotary, a small (and improbably located) cemetery can be seen off to the right, with what would appear might be the old Reformatory roadbed in front of it. Was that the case?
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby CarterB » Mon May 01, 2017 5:49 pm

The Boston & Lowell from the East (Bedford) met the Old Colony from the South (North Sudbury) at approx N 42.46850 W 71.40648
Roadbed just to South of the cemetary you mention was the Old Colony.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby whatelyrailfan » Tue May 02, 2017 11:44 am

I'm surprised that nobody mentioned the turntable at East Deerfield, the pit's there and as far as I know, the turntable is still used.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby Pat Fahey » Tue May 02, 2017 12:50 pm

Hi
How about the turntable at North Walpole, NH, ex-Boston & Maine ex-GreenMountain RR and I believe there is another one in Burington, Vt, at the Vermont RR.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby b&m 1566 » Tue May 02, 2017 2:20 pm

I'm not sure if this has been mentioned already but there's a filled in turntable pit in Wayland, MA on the Central Mass Branch. I believe this is the remains right here.
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Re: Remaining turntables in New England?

Postby kwf » Tue May 02, 2017 3:34 pm

The spot where the OCRR met the B&L was called Middlesex Junction. Reformatory Station was just east of the rotary, and the TT was in the general area of the State Police barracks parking lot. The prison had service from both the OC and B&L. The Lexington TT was behind Town Hall on the opposite side of the tracks.

edit...Map shows the location of the old town hall. Behind Bertucci's on Mass Ave in the parking lot area
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