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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

 
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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.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the NC Transportation Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 S Salisbury Ave, Spencer, NC 28159, Spencer NC 28159, United States of America.
 
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
Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
2. Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable Marker
(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.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
 
Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
By Michael C. Wilcox, January 14, 2017
4. Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 21, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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