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Niagara-on-the-Lake in Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Locomotive Turntable

 
 
Locomotive Turntable Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
1. Locomotive Turntable Marker
Inscription.  For 103 years, beginning in 1854, a train powered by a steam locomotive pulled into the Niagara Dock. At first it only came from Chippawa via Niagara Falls and Queenston but by 1863 the line had been extended as far as Fort Erie and Buffalo. The train met the steamers which arrived from Toronto carrying tourists going to the Falls and soldiers bound for Camp Niagara. In late summer these ships returned to Toronto filled with baskets of peaches brought to the dock by the train. Riverbeach Drive and Turntable Way are streets that once were active rail lines in the Dock Area.

You are standing on the remains of the locomotive turntable, a rotating bridge which allowed the engine to be turned around for its return journey or to be shunted into the locomotive barn for servicing. If you walk down Turntable Way, past Lockhart Street, you will find the foundation of the old locomotive shed on your left. These railway relics have been officially designated as sites of historic importance to the town.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location.
Locomotive Turntable Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
2. Locomotive Turntable Marker
Close-up view of the pictures and text on the historical marker.
43° 15.406′ N, 79° 3.864′ W. Marker is in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, in Regional Municipality of Niagara. Marker is at the intersection of River Beach Drive and Turntable Way, on the left when traveling north on River Beach Drive. This historical marker is located along the Niagara River water front, almost directly opposite the river from the American Fort Niagara, in a residential area. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 99 River Beach Drive, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Niagara Harbour and Dock Company (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Butler's Rangers (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Polish Soldier’s Burial Plot (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); St. Mark’s Church (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The First Provincial Parliament   1792 (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Upper Canada Gazette, or American Oracle (approx. half a kilometer away); St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1835 (approx. half a kilometer away); Bicentennial of First Parliament (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
 
Locomotive Turntable Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
3. Locomotive Turntable Marker
View of the historical marker (far left of the picture) and the outline of the turntable, and to the right of the picture is a view of the nearby street intersection and corner street sign.
Locomotive Turntable Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
4. Locomotive Turntable Marker
View of the historical marker and the stone outline of the turntable looking west along Turntable Way.
Fort Niagara image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
5. Fort Niagara
View looking across the street from the historical marker, between two residential dwellings, and across the Niagara River, towards Fort Niagara.
Fort Niagara image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
6. Fort Niagara
Close-up view from the site of the historical marker looking across the river at Fort Niagara.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 2, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 583 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 2, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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