Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Scranton in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Turntable

 
 
Turntable Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
1. Turntable Marker
Inscription. The hub of the roadhouse complex was the turntable. From here, tracks radiated like spokes into each roundhouse stall.

Engines returning to the roundhouse for maintenance rolled through a narrow two-track passage onto the turntable. An operator inside the control cab rotated the turntable bridge to align with the tracks leading to the assigned stall.

The locomotive with its tender entered head first so that the smokestack was positioned under the ceiling flues. To leave the roundhouse, the procedure was reversed.
 
Erected by Steamtown Nataionl Historic Site - National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 24.443′ N, 75° 40.268′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker can be reached from Mechanic Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in the Roundhouse in Steamtown National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Scranton PA 18503, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Haven Trap Rock Company #43 (here, next to this marker); E.J. Lavino & Company #3 (a few steps from this marker); Pennsylvania Boxcars (within shouting distance of this marker); 1902 Roundhouse Section
Turntable and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
2. Turntable and Marker
With a box car static display.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Claremont & Concord Snow Plow #60 (within shouting distance of this marker); Long Island Railroad #193 Rotary Snow Plow (within shouting distance of this marker); DL&W Coal Hoppers (within shouting distance of this marker); 1902 Roundhouse Office (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Scranton.
 
Also see . . .  Steamtown National Historic Site. National Park Service site. (Submitted on June 8, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
The Turntable Platform image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
3. The Turntable Platform
Pivot Point of the Turntable image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
4. Pivot Point of the Turntable
The Control Cab image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
5. The Control Cab
Spoke Rails image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
6. Spoke Rails
Rails lead out from the active side of the roundhouse.
The Turntable and Active Portion of the Roundhouse image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
7. The Turntable and Active Portion of the Roundhouse
The Turntable at Work image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
8. The Turntable at Work
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 534 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement