Is this the old Skaneateles Short Line roundhouse?

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Is this the old Skaneateles Short Line roundhouse?

Postby nydepot » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:48 pm

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Re: Is this the old Skaneateles Short Line roundhouse?

Postby CarterB » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:30 pm

One source says the engine house was on Fennel Street in Skaneateles.

http://skaneateles.org/rr_depot.html

Another says Mottville, which may have been later on:

http://gino.cdfw.net/_railpage/SSL/maps.html
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Re: Is this the old Skaneateles Short Line roundhouse?

Postby lvrr325 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:28 am

The second enginehouse was this structure on Sheldon Road.

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9797973 ... 312!8i6656

Appears in the most current Google satellite views it's been added on to.



The original enginehouse, a square wood frame building, was on Fennel Street where the Tops Grocery Store is.
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Re: Is this the old Skaneateles Short Line roundhouse?

Postby nydepot » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:17 am

Thanks. The one I noted has that "portion of a circle"-shape old roundhouses have.
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Re: Is this the old Skaneateles Short Line roundhouse?

Postby sd80mac » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:40 am

nydepot wrote:Thanks. The one I noted has that "portion of a circle"-shape old roundhouses have.



It don't look circle shape to me. just an odd shaped extension building that are limited to property line.

The original one may had spur going along by this building. extension building may had added after RR has been gone.
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Re: Is this the old Skaneateles Short Line roundhouse?

Postby nydepot » Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:10 am

I drove by it and wondered. It's like a 3-door chunk of a roundhouse. Made of block. No 90-degree angles.


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nydepot wrote:Thanks. The one I noted has that "portion of a circle"-shape old roundhouses have.



It don't look circle shape to me. just an odd shaped extension building that are limited to property line.

The original one may had spur going along by this building. extension building may had added after RR has been gone.
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Re: Is this the old Skaneateles Short Line roundhouse?

Postby Leo_Ames » Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:08 pm

Looking at the stuff on HistoricAerials, I doubt it. That street has been on that alignment since at least 1899 and there's the creek behind the building. No room there for a roundhouse.
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Re: Is this the old Skaneateles Short Line roundhouse?

Postby lvrr325 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:29 am

They never had a roundhouse or a turntable anywhere on the railroad. The original enginehouse - a nice slide of it recently sold on eBay and you can still grab the image - was just like a large barn with three tracks going into it, side by side.

I don't think there even was a wye at Hartlot, just a connection that was facing point for westbounds.
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Re: Is this the old Skaneateles Short Line roundhouse?

Postby brockwaythemusician » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:16 am

NYCSyracuse81 posted some Rome pictures in another topic and while searching through that webpage I found these pictures of the engine house.

http://cdm16694.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ ... 48/rec/246
http://cdm16694.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ ... 88/rec/300
http://cdm16694.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ ... 49/rec/105
http://cdm16694.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ ... 50/rec/106

There are tons of Skaneateles Short Line images of industrial switching and the junction with New York Central if you dig around on that page too.
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Re: Is this the old Skaneateles Short Line roundhouse?

Postby lvrr325 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:02 am

You can place those shots in Google Maps Street View along Fennel Street next to the Tops store, the tan-ish brick structure with the small windows in the background is still present.
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Re: Is this the old Skaneateles Short Line roundhouse?

Postby BR&P » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:25 am

Nice pics in Brockway's links, altho the loco masked off for painting is #6, not #7 as captioned. Why is it so hard for someone, presumably a railfan, to get something so obvious, correct?
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