• Turntables in modern times

  • General discussion about railroad operations, related facilities, maps, and other resources.
General discussion about railroad operations, related facilities, maps, and other resources.

Moderator: Robert Paniagua

  by Passenger
 
Are turntables used at all any more? I mean in heavy rail operations.

Thanks.
  by Rockin' Roller
 
Two come to mind. The NS has one in Ft. Wayne that they use to turn engines, and CN has one at Centralia, Illinois.
  by Passenger
 
A quick search on "turntable" yields a whole bunch of stuff about old roundhouses, and one about a turntable being replaced by a wye.

No I didn't slog through all of them.

Got a link?
  by Steve F45
 
NYSW still has one and uses it every so often. There is one in Port Jervis,NY that can be used if needed. Oak Island yard in Newark,NJ has one.
  by atsf sp
 
You could still find turntables on tourist lines such as North Conway. Also there are inactive turntables at older facilities, such as in Saguenay, Quebec. There are also places you'll just find the pits.
  by jonnhrr
 
I believe the Maine Eastern still uses their turntable at Rockland ME to turn the FL9's between runs.

Jon
  by Kuyahoora Valley
 
Interestingly, when I Google-Mapped Lambert's Point in Norfolk a few years ago it was fogged out so you couldn't see anything. Now it's clear and there's a turntable there along with a 3 or 4 stall roundhouse. Very cool. Also, now the whole Naval Base is visible, even the ships. Just pan up from Lambert Point.
  by scooterz66
 
CSX still uses a turntable in Willard, OH at the engine house to turn engines.
  by dirtydave
 
tti rail to river in paris ky still has one, not sure how often it is used but the shop forman said they still maintain it.
  by Otto Vondrak
 
Passenger wrote:Are turntables used at all any more? I mean in heavy rail operations.
"Yes."

Have a follow-up question?

-otto-
  by David Benton
 
In New Zealand , (wellington in particular ) , diesel locos are still turned on a turntable so that the cab is facing forward . as many trains here are a single locomotive . passenger observation cars are also turned .
  by scottychaos
 
Canadian Pacific built a new turntable in their East Binghamton, NY yard about 10-15 years ago:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.p ... 157&nseq=0

an abandoned DL&W steam-era roundhouse and turntable stands derelict a few hundred feet away..
probably too expensive to refurbish, and its not quite where they need it..so they just built a new, basic, turntable instead.

Scot
  by Jtgshu
 
A turntable would be a WELCOME addition to NJTs MMC - the main shop location for the railroad. Because of Sunnyside Loop, the trains and individual cars and locos get all different ways. When a car or loco is "backwards" as we call it, it has to be wyed at West End wye on the Morris and Essex Lines. And while its only about 2 miles away, it can take over an hour trying to get inbetween scheduled passenger trains. A turntable right in the yard would make it LIGHT years easier. It has been suggested by various folks from train crews to yardmasters, but dismissed each time. Maybe one day.....