In partnership with EarthCam, the National Park Service is excited to offer this webcam view of our Roundhouse and Turntable complex!
Turntables were primarily used by railroads during the steam era. Locomotives awaiting light-duty maintenance and repairs were moved from yard tracks onto the turntable. The turntable operator would then use controls to operate the electric motors that powered the turntable to rotate, aligning the turntable tracks with those for an available maintenance bay in the roundhouse. When servicing and minor repairs were complete, the locomotive would back onto the aligned turntable, and be rotated to return to revenue service or await a new assignment.
Last updated: May 17, 2022