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Turntable & Track

Ellicott City Station

 
 
Turntable & Track Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 3, 2018
1. Turntable & Track Marker
Inscription. The single set of tracks outside the museumís fence was the original right-of-way of the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad. Now owned by CSX Transportation, this right-of-way has been in continuous use since 1830. For many years there were two sets of track that stretched from Baltimore to Ellicott City. Due to flooding, erosion, and a decrease in operations, the line has been reduced to a current single track.

The set of tracks leading into the east end of main depot depict the track layout between 1833 and 1863. The second set of tracks on the wooden bridge depicts a partially restored turntable used between 1863 and the 1890s. The B&O built the turntable to turn around local freight and passenger trains that ran between Baltimore and Ellicottís Mills.
 
Location. 39° 16.036′ N, 76° 47.697′ W. Marker is in Ellicott City, Maryland, in Howard County. Touch for map. This marker is on the platform at the B&O Railroad Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City MD 21043, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ellicott City Station, 1831 (a few steps from this marker); To Preserve the Union (within shouting distance of this marker); The Phoenix Emporium
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By Allen C. Browne, January 3, 2018
2. Turntable & Track Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Road Versus Rails (within shouting distance of this marker); B&O Railroad Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Stone Tavern House (within shouting distance of this marker); “Great Panes” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lauman House (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellicott City.
 
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By Allen C. Browne, January 3, 2018
3. Carhouse
The east end of the main depot served as a carhouse used for maintenance and storage of locomotives and rolling stock.
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4. Turntable
The 1863 turntable consists of a center pin that rests atop a center pivot mechanism and stone support pier. The turntable bridge is then connected to four wheels which rest on a circular rail around the outer edge of the pit. One person (or animal) could power the rotation of a single locomotive balanced on the center of the turntable. The turntable is 50 feet in diameter with a pit seven and a half feet deep and weight capacity of about 30 tons. A portion of the Ellicott City center-balance turntable was excavated in 1999. The remainder of the turntable extends under the track still used by CSX today. This advertisement from the December 1853 issue of The American Railroad Journal depicts a similar turntable.
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By Allen C. Browne, January 3, 2018
5. Lafayette
In addition to freight and smaller passenger cars, an engine and tender the size of the “Lafayette” 4-2-0 could be turned using the Ellicott City turntable.
Close-up of photo on marker
Turntable image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 3, 2018
6. Turntable
Partially restored turntable at the B&O Railroad Museum
The Turntable image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 3, 2018
7. The Turntable
as depicted in the 40-foot HO-gauge model train layout in the freight depot.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 102 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 5, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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