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 Post subject: Rock Island turntable in Peoria facing possible scrapping
PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:19 pm 

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Hi,

Today I paid a visit to the endangered Rock Island turntable in Peoria, IL in a park north of downtown. The park is built on the site of Rock Island's Peoria shops and roundhouse. https://www.flickr.com/photos/148791086 ... datetaken/ The city wants to redevelop the land it sits on to an apartment complex. Upon inspection of the turntable and taking several photos, I fear for the future of it because it's not in the best of shape and I don't think any railroad museums would want to spend the money on it. It would be a real shame if they were to cut it up because to my knowledge it's the last remaining Rock Island turntable anywhere.

Here's some news articles regarding the possible redevelopment of the land:
http://www.sierraclub.org/illinois/hear ... rfrontPark
http://wglt.org/post/peorias-riverfront ... gnificance (Historic significance? I'd say so!)
http://thecommunityword.com/online/cwno ... ront-park/

Just thought I should raise some awareness of this.

Thomas Dyrek

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 Post subject: Re: Rock Island turntable in Peoria facing possible scrappin
PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:57 pm 

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Fear not.

There are moves behind the scenes to preserve this turntable at another location. Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to discuss it. Patience is a good thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Rock Island turntable in Peoria facing possible scrappin
PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:21 pm 

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exprail wrote:
Fear not.

There are moves behind the scenes to preserve this turntable at another location. Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to discuss it. Patience is a good thing.

exprail



That's a relief!

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 Post subject: Re: Rock Island turntable in Peoria facing possible scrappin
PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:28 pm 

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Does anyone know the outcome of this? I recall that there was once a railroad museum proposed around this turntable. A Rock Island Rocket diner and perhaps some other equipment was stored on or near the table. There was talk of building an 18" gauge railroad up and down the riverfront.

Not sure what happened to their equipment. Now I just wonder if the turntable will survive.


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 Post subject: Re: Rock Island turntable in Peoria facing possible scrappin
PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:01 pm 

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The turntable is still in place, according to the Peoria RR closed facebook page. The apartment complex that would have replaced it lost its builder almost immediately and the City Council lost interest. I have a bunch of crap Instamatic-type photos (mine were poor even for an instamatic, the the off-brand camera I got using green stamps had a shutter release that made the camera shake) of that turntable and the area around it from 1979, the last summer of the Rock Island, when I was 13.


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 Post subject: Re: Rock Island turntable in Peoria facing possible scrappin
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:01 pm 

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It looks like the Monticello Railway Museum is getting the turntable. It will be a great addition to the museum

https://week.com/news/top-stories/2019/ ... ront-park/


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