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 Post subject: Virginia Museum of Transportation acquires turntable
PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:12 pm 

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Per the VMT Facebook page:
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It was quite the trip from Elkins, West Virignia but our turntable made it to it's new home in Roanoke's Norwich neighborhood near Bridge Street late Monday night. [...] This turntable will be used on the Roanoke Southern beltline, a tourist train running from Franklin Road to just before Bridge Street.

More photos here (FB account isn't needed to view): https://www.facebook.com/VA.Museum.Tran ... 0613889811

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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Museum of Transportation acquires turntable
PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:41 pm 

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in the strange world we live in seems that turn tables move east. IRM gets a turntable from Denver, Virginia Museum of Transportation gets one from Chicago....
Hope it arrives safely and is installed soon.
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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Museum of Transportation acquires turntable
PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:21 pm 

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This turntable is 90 feet long. Who built it and when is what we would like to know. If it still has a builder's plate can someone post its data or a photo of it? And just where do they plan to install it? Glad to see it found a home.

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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Museum of Transportation acquires turntable
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:00 pm 

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This turntable arrived in Elkins, WV, in July 2009 by rail. It weighed 82 tons and was believed to have been installed in Chicago in 1914. In 2012 the West Virginia Railroad Museum at Elkins decided to relocate to Beverly, WV, less than 10 miles from Elkins, where there is room for the installation of their 90’ turntable. A dispute with the county development authority which controlled the Elkins site has caused the move to a more friendly community. In 2013 the Randolph County Development Authority withdrew its grant of $125,000 for installation of the turntable at the West Virginia Railroad Museum at Elkins. A pit for it had been excavated but there would be additional expenses to make it usable for the turntable. The turntable was stored in the open in Elkins and the move to other locations had been shelved. In 2016 the turntable was sold by the Randolph County Development Authority for $11,557 to Will Harris North Fork Inc, which was going to donate it to the Virginia Transportation Museum in Roanoke, VA. Now it has arrived in Roanoke, and its trek is quite a story.

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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Museum of Transportation acquires turntable
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:47 pm 

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Good to see VMT still making progress but it's too bad it's a 92' turntable and not 100'.


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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Museum of Transportation acquires turntable
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:39 pm 

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Turntables have been known to be lengthened.

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