Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Drop Table consisted of a platform and a short section of track. When mechanics lowered the Drop Table beneath a locomotive, the wheel assembly sitting on the Drop Table was lowered into the pit. The Drop Table then moved the wheel assembly horizontally in the pit to an adjacent track. Mechanics raised the Drop Table to ground level in the adjacent bay where they serviced or replaced the wheel assembly.
(lower left) Note the wheel assemblies on this modern Drop Table track.
(upper right) The modern example of a Drop Table (below left) functions much the same as its historic version (above). The Drop Table sits in the Roundhouse as shown on the plan below. It is unique because it still functions. The Whiting company, Midwestern firm established in 1884, manufactured it and continues to make drop tables today like the one at the bottom left.
Location. 32° 4.517′ N, 81° 6.117′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from Louisville Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Georgia State Railroad Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 655 Louisville Road, Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Storehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Smokestack (within shouting distance of this marker); Colored Shopmen's Locker & Lavatory (within shouting distance of this marker); Boiler Room (within shouting distance of this marker); Planing Shed & Lumber Shed (within shouting distance of this marker); Central Of Georgia Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Turntable (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Also see . . . Georgia State Railroad Museum. Coastal Heritage Society (Submitted on November 19, 2013.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.