Surviving Roundhouses and Turntables

Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, PA

In the era of steam locomotives, roundhouses were commonly found in rail yards across the country. With the exception of switching locomotives, steam locomotives were designed to run in one direction -- forward. As a result, it was often necessary to turn a steam locomotive to point in the direction its train is to be hauled. This was done by either use a wye, a balloon loop, or a turntable. The combination of turntable and roundhouse proved very useful to both service and turn locomotives.

Many roundhouses were built around the turn of the century. Roundhouses were built out of brick, stone, wood, or concrete. They could have only a few stalls or as many as 50. Locomotives would be serviced with the front of the locomotive pointing outward and the tender of the locomotive facing the turntable. Each stall of the roundhouse included a vent that would allow smoke from the steam locomotive to be vented to through the roof of the roundhouse. These vents can be clearly seen in most surviving roundhouses.

With the arrival of diesel locomotives, which could run equally well in either direction, the need for turntables (and roundhouses) waned. By the 1950s, as most steam locomotives had been replaced by diesels, the roundhouse became obsolete.

Today, most roundhouses are gone. However, a number survive. A few have been restored and are now used as restaurants or museums. Once such example is the Baltimore and Ohio's Mt. Claire roundhouse which now serves as the B&O Railroad Museum.

If you know of a roundhouse not shown in this list, feel free to submit its location using the form at the bottom of this page.

Google Maps View of Roundhouses

TypeStallsYear BuiltRailroadCurrent UseCityStateCountryNotes
Roundhouse OnlyAlabama Great Southern Finley RoundhouseBirminghamALUSA
Roundhouse Only12Louisville & Nashville yardTarrantALUSA
Roundhouse OnlySt. Louis South Western rail yardJonesboroARUSA
Roundhouse Only51887Hot Springs unknown, storage?MalvernARUSA Built as narrow gauge roundhouse.
Roundhouse Only11El Paso & Southwestern commercialTucsonAZUSA
Roundhouse Only17Southern Pacific Bayshore Roundhouse - abandonedBrisbaneCAUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable Railtown 1897 State Historic ParkJamestownCAUSA
Turntable OnlyAtchison, Topeka & Santa Fe BNSF Redondo JunctionRedondo JunctionCAUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable6 California State Railroad MuseumSacramentoCAUSA
Roundhouse Only6Hammond Lumber unknownSamoaCAUSA
Roundhouse Only5State Belt Telegraph LandingSan FranciscoCAUSA Never had a turntable.
Roundhouse OnlyRock Island Museum and trolley car restorationColorado SpringsCOUSAonly 4 of original 12 stalls exist
Roundhouse Only141887Colorado Midland retailColorado SpringsCOUSAWikipedia
Roundhouse and Turntable61881Denver, South Park & Pacific Como RoundhouseComoCOUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable18 Durango & SilvertonDurangoCOUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable52000 Colorado Railroad MuseumGoldenCOUSA
Roundhouse Only81909Union Pacific Hugo Union Pacific RoundhouseHugoCOUSAOnly UP roundhouse in CO.
Roundhouse Only31883Denver, South Park & Pacific unknownLeadvilleCOUSA
Visual Remains Only1871Connecticut Valley Railroad Fort Saybrook Monument ParkOld SaybrookCTUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable62000 Connecticut Eastern Railroad MuseumWillimanticCTUSAReplica of 1892 Columbia Junction roundhouse.
Roundhouse and TurntableCentral of Georgia Georgia State Railroad MuseumSavannahGAUSA
Turntable OnlyChicago & North Western Union Pacific yardCouncil BluffsIAUSA
Roundhouse and TurntableChicago Great Western storageManlyIAUSA
Roundhouse Only Two Brothers RoundhouseAuroraILUSA
Roundhouse OnlyBaltimore & Ohio abandonedEast St. LouisILUSA
Roundhouse OnlyChicago & Eastern Illinois farmRossvilleILUSA
Visual Remains Only Rail YardLudlowKYUSA
Roundhouse OnlyNew York, New Haven & Hartford Pufferbellies Nightclub closedHyannisMAUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable221884Baltimore & Ohio B&O Railroad MuseumBaltimoreMDUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable10Baltimore & Ohio CSX yardCumberlandMDUSA
Turntable Only1Baltimore & Ohio B&O Ellicott City Station MuseumEllicott CityMDUSAOne-stall enginehouse
Roundhouse Only31910Bangor & Aroostook yardMillinocketMEUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable8Sandy River Sandy River and Rangely LakesPhillipsMEUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable1910Maine Central railroad yardWatervilleMEUSA
Roundhouse OnlyNew York Central Lake Shore & Southern yardAdrianMIUSA
Roundhouse Only4Detroit & Mackinac Lake State yardAlpinaMIUSA
Roundhouse OnlyCalumet & Hecla commercialCalumetMIUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable62000Detroit, Toleda & Milwaukee Road Greenfield VillageDearbornMIUSA Replica of 1884 Marshall roundhouse.
Visual Remains Only1912Ann Arbor Waterfront ParkElbertaMIUSA
Turntable OnlyDetroit, Toledo and Ironton CN yardFlatrockMIUSA
Roundhouse and TurntableMinneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Canadian National yardGladstoneMIUSA
Roundhouse OnlyQuincy & Torch Lake museumHancockMIUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable1903Missouri Central Roundhouse SupplyNilesMIUSA
Turntable Only End-O-Line Railroad Park and MuseumCurrieMNUSA
Visual Remains OnlyGreat Northern BNSF Minneapolis JunctionMinneapolisMNUSA Roundhouse burned in 1992.
Roundhouse Only461887Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Canadian Pacific Shoreham YardsMinneapolisMNUSA
Roundhouse Only30Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range rail yard northProctorMNUSA
Roundhouse OnlyDuluth, Missabe & Iron Range rail yard southProctorMNUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable91907Great Northern Jackson Streen Roundhouse, Minnesota Transportation MuseumSt. PaulMNUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable121885Minnesota Transfer Minnesota Commercial RailroadSt. PaulMNUSA
Roundhouse and TurntableChicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Union Pacific Hoffman YardSt. PaulMNUSA
Visual Remains OnlyDuluth, Missabe & Iron Range demolishedTwo HarbersMNUSA
Roundhouse Only7Missouri Pacific unknownJoplinMOUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable Kansas City TerminalKansas CityMOUSA
Turntable Only15Missouri Kansas Texas Abandoned - CampgroundNew FranklinMOUSARoundhouse foundation still visible
Visual Remains Only Norfolk Southern yardAshvilleNCUSADemolished in 2014
Roundhouse and Turntable371924Southern North Carolina Transportation MuseumSpencerNCUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable4 Conway Scenic RailroadNorth ConwayNHUSA
Roundhouse Only10Boston & Maine Westboro Roundhouse and Engine TerminalWest LebanonNHUSA
Roundhouse Only34Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe unknownLas VegasNMUSA
Roundhouse OnlyNew York Central unknownBuffaloNYUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable301917Lehigh Valley abandonedManchesterNYUSA Buried 100 foot turntable being cleared.
Visual Remains Only521906Delaware & Hudson demolishedOneontaNYUSA Largest roundhouse in the world when built. Demolished in 1993.
Roundhouse Onlyunknown unknownUticaNYUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable201918Pennsylvania unknownWest SenecaNYUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable22New York, Chicago & St. Louis Norfolk Southern yardBellevueOHUSA
Turntable OnlyWheeling & Lake Erie rail yardBrewsterOHUSA
Turntable Only rail yardCincinattiOHUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable9Baltimore & Ohio Midwest Railway Preservation SocietyClevelandOHUSA
Visual Remains Only30Pennsylvania demolishedCrestlineOHUSA Demolished in 2007.
Roundhouse and Turntable182010 Age of Steam RoundhouseSugarcreekOHUSA
Turntable OnlyDetroit, Toledo and Ironton CN yardToledoOHUSA
Visual Remains Only10 demolishedKlamath FallsORUSATurntable was present until at least 2014
Roundhouse Only6 Crushcrete Inc.BethlehemPAUSA
Visual Remains OnlyDelaware & Hudson unknownCarbondalePAUSA
Visual Remains OnlyReading Railroad Museum of PennsylvaniaCressonaPAUSATurntable moved to Bridgeport, PA in 1946 then to the RR Museum of PA.
Roundhouse and Turntable15Union Railroad rail yardMonroevillePAUSA
Visual Remains OnlyPennsylvania yardNorthumberlandPAUSAFormer home of Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania collection.
Roundhouse and Turntable81882 East Broad TopRockhill FurnacePAUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable Steamtown National Historic SiteScrantonPAUSA
Turntable Only Railroad Museum of PennsylvaniaStrasburgPAUSATurntable from Cressona, PA. Roundhouse to be built.
Roundhouse and Turntable16 yardHuronSDUSA
Roundhouse Only61901Homestake Mining Black Hills RoundhouseLeadSDUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable3 Prairie VillageMadisonSDUSA
Visual Remains OnlyUnion Pacific Union Pacific yardOgdenUTUSA
Roundhouse OnlyNorfolk & Western unknownBristolVAUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable7 Vermont RailwayBurlingtonVTUSA
Roundhouse Only8Boston & Maine RSD LeasingWhite River JunctionVTUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable24Great Northern BNSF Interbay yardsSeattleWAUSA
Roundhouse and Turntable3Wisconsin Southern Locomotive maintenanceJanesville WIUSA3 stalls tracked
Turntable OnlyBaltimore & Ohio rail yardGraftonWVUSA
Turntable OnlyChessapeake & Ohio CSX YardLoganWVUSA Peach Creek Roundhouse
Roundhouse and Turntable281912Union Pacific Union Pacific Evanston RoundhouseEvanstonWYUSA
Visual Remains OnlyUnion Pacific Union Pacific yardGreen RiverWYUSA
Roundhouse Only5Chicago & North Western stock yardsLuskWYUSA

Resources


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