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Spencer in Rowan County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable

Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark

— 1924 —

 
 
Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
1. Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable Marker
Inscription.  This 37-stall roundhouse and 100-foot turntable built by the Southern Railway are among the few survivors of a distinctive type of locomotive repair facility that was once common across North America. The radial track and turntable arrangement was based on the operational and maintenance needs of steam locomotives, though this facility received modifications after 1950 to service diesels.

While other roundhouses survive, this is among the best preserved examples of a large, modern roundhouse that continues to function as a railroad shop.
 
Erected 2011 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1924.
 
Location. 35° 41.197′ N, 80° 26.155′ W. Marker is in Spencer, North Carolina, in Rowan County. Marker can be reached from South Salisbury Avenue. Marker is located on the grounds of
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the NC Transportation Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 S Salisbury Ave, Spencer, NC 28159, Spencer NC 28159, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norfolk & Western Caboose 555012 (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Public Utilities Co. 1927 Streetcar #85 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Muscle of Spencer Shops (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town of Spencer (about 500 feet away); Historic Spencer Shops (approx. 0.2 miles away); Food Lion LLC (approx. 0.2 miles away); Food Lion Trailer No. 893615 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Magnetic Signal Company (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spencer.
 
Also see . . .  ASME site (check out the brochure!). (Submitted on June 22, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
 
Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
2. Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable Marker
Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
3. Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable Marker
Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael C. Wilcox, January 14, 2017
4. Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 353 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 21, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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