Turntable

Turntable

Turntables are rotating bridges used to move rail cars from one set of tracks to another or to turn them around. The Colorado Railroad Museum turntable came from the end of a Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad branch line at St. Francis, Kansas. It is 74 feet long and was built in 1900 by the American Bridge Company of Chicago at its Lassig Works. A sophisticated center bearing and counterbalance system allows two individuals to easily rotate a car or locomotive by pushing on the arms or “cheaters.” (Data Sheet [PDF])

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