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Planing Shed & Lumber Shed

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
1. Planing Shed & Lumber Shed Marker
Inscription. Workers in the Planing Shed milled lumber for rail cars and other wooden items manufactured by the railroad.

The grouping of the Planing Shed (A) and Lumber Shed (B) next to the Boiler Room (C) was intentional. A line shaft from the Boiler Room extended to the Planing Shed where it powered a Daniels planer. This planer had a reciprocating carriage and rapidly created a smooth surface on rough wood. Wood for planning was readily available in the adjacent shed and wood shavings from the planer helped feed the boiler fire that produced steam for the line shaft.

The railroad converted the Lumber Shed into an area for electrical equipment in 1907, when electricity was supplied by a utility company. This area included a dynamo, which replaced the steam engine as a power source. Dynamos were generators that produced DC (direct current). They commonly powered industrial sites during this period. By 1931 a compressor was added here.

“Extending beyond the stationary enginehouse is a brick shed for storing lumber. This is 83 feet long, and reaches to the carpentersí shop beyond. From the front of this shed, a roof is carried out on brick columns for 63 feet, into the yard. This forms a sort of arbor, under which is placed a large Danielís (sic) planning machine, for dressing siffs and caps for cars and other
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By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
2. Planing Shed & Lumber Shed Marker
similar work.”
—Daily Morning News, Savannah, July 17, 1855
 
Location. 32° 4.5′ N, 81° 6.133′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from Louisville Road 0.2 miles east of West Boundary Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Georgia State Railroad Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 655 Louisville Road, Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boiler Room (here, next to this marker); Central Of Georgia Railroad (here, next to this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Smokestack (within shouting distance of this marker); Storehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Drop Table (within shouting distance of this marker); Turntable (within shouting distance of this marker); Machine Shop (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Also see . . .  Georgia State Railroad Museum. Coastal Heritage Society (Submitted on November 19, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Planing Shed & Lumber Shed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
3. Planing Shed & Lumber Shed Marker
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By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
4. Planing Shed & Lumber Shed Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 277 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 18, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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