Railroad Turntable, 1901

Summary

Turntables allowed locomotives or cars to be turned around in tight spaces, or provided access to roundhouse stalls. The Pere Marquette Railway used this turntable, built in 1901, in Petoskey, Michigan. The device is so well balanced that rail workers can easily turn a several-ton locomotive by hand.

Turntables allowed locomotives or cars to be turned around in tight spaces, or provided access to roundhouse stalls. The Pere Marquette Railway used this turntable, built in 1901, in Petoskey, Michigan. The device is so well balanced that rail workers can easily turn a several-ton locomotive by hand.

Artifact

Turntable (Railroad)

Date Made

1901

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Railroad Junction District

Object ID

84.85.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Wood (Plant material)

Dimensions

Height: 9.2 ft

Width: 13.2 ft

Length: 68.8 ft

Weight: 89600 lbs

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