03/07/12 148 W, 2 I - + 4 - 3 Raleigh's Railroad Turntable

There are a number of interesting structures around Raleigh that reflect its railroad history. The section of Union Station beside Station 1. The remains of a wooden trestle on Hargett Street where a coal yards stood a century before. And a working turntable in the 200 block of West Johnson Street, where a Seaboard Air Lines Railroad roundhouse once stood. Here's a photo from Lee Wilson from 2007 showing the thing in action:

Lee Wilson photo

This Goodnight Raleigh posting talks about the thing. A brick roundhouse once stood on the spot, along with a water tank and coal station for fueling the steam locomotives. And concrete strips can still be seen radiating out from the turntable, which supported the tracks leading to the stalls of the roundhouse. Here's a Sanborn Map excerpt from 1909 showing the thing. View an interactive version of the map.

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