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Niagara-on-the-Lake in Niagara Region, 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.
 
Location. 43° 15.406′ N, 79° 3.864′ W. Marker is in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is at the intersection of River Beach Road and Turntable Way, on the left when traveling north on River Beach Road. Touch for map. This historical
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.
marker is located along the Niagara River water front, almost directly opposite the river from the American Fort Niagara, in a residential area. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada.
 
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); St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1835 (approx. half a kilometer away); The Fortified Mouth of the Niagara River (approx. half a kilometer away); A Strategic Site (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Fort Niagara (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Fort George (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Niagara National Historic Sites (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
 
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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 June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 526 times since then and 25 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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