Summerville in Chattooga County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Boyles Yard Turntable Named Summerville Railroad Turntable
Summerville Historic Site
For many years, this turntable served in the Boyles Yard in Birmingham as part of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. There it was surrounded by the largest roundhouse on the L&N system having 36 stalls. During the height of the railroad era, the turntable was used to direct the steam locomotives of such famous L&N passenger trains as the Pan American, the Azalean, and Florida Arrow as well as the Silver Bullet
As a donation from the CSX Railroad, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum acquired the historic turntable and saved it from being turned into scrap metal. The massive load was moved from Birmingham to Lafayette, Georgia by large truck and then placed on a railroad car and transported over the rails to J.R. "Dick" Dowdy Park in downtown Summerville. Appraised as a railroad artifact at $1,250,000, the turntable was used by Summerville as the matching funds for two grants from the Georgia Department of Transportation. The installation of this railroad antique restored one of very few operational turntables in the United States.
Extensive engineering and support were required for the foundation of the completed structure which holds the turntable and includes a large circular concrete pit, drainage system, peripheral track and electric motors. Steel pilings were driven eighty feet into the earth to support the weight of this massive structure as well as the weight of the diesel or steam locomotives it must turn which weigh approximately 150 tons.
Since its dedication and renaming in May 2003, the Summerville Railroad
Further information on the steam locomotive excursions from Chattanooga to Summerville is located on the website www.tvrail.com. Information on local diesel excursions may be found at www.summervillega.org and information on railcar excursions at www.narcoa.org.
The Summerville Railroad Turntable has provided both pleasure and income to the present generation and shows great promise for a source of tourism and civic pride for future generation. The restoration of this valuable railroad antique has contributed to the establishment of Summerville as a historic railroad town.
Location. 34° 28.73′ N, 85° 20.779′ W. Marker is in Summerville, Georgia, in Chattooga County. Marker is on University Street south of East Washington Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Summerville GA 30747, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Summerville, Georgia (within shouting distance of this marker); The Couey House (within shouting distance Chattooga County (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Cotton Mill In Northwest Georgia (approx. 5.2 miles away); Last Indian Agent (approx. 7.9 miles away); Alpine, Georgia (approx. 8.4 miles away); Barry Springs Indian Stockade (approx. 9.9 miles away in Alabama); Floyd Springs (approx. 11½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Summerville.
Also see . . .
1. Tennessee Valley Railroad. (Submitted on May 27, 2019, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
2. Summerville GA. Excursion Information (Submitted on May 27, 2019, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
3. North American Railcar. Railcar excursion (Submitted on May 27, 2019, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2019, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 27, 2019, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.