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Author:  Trainkid456 [ Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Rock Island turntable in Peoria facing possible scrapping

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

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

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

Author:  Trainkid456 [ Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Rock Island turntable in Peoria facing possible scrappin

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!

TD

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