Doors Open - Riding the Turntable!
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One of the highlights at Doors Open 2008 was the first public operation of the newly restored 120 foot turntable at the John St. Roundhouse. Restoration of the turntable was a crucial early step in the development of the roundhouse property as it allowed us to extract engines and rolling stock from the roundhouse to allow for further interior renovations.
Every half hour, the public was treated to a ride on the turntable. The turntable is operated using a couple of air motors at either end of the turntable bridge which drive small wheels which run on a circular rail in the turntable pit.
News and video By Russ Milland, TRHA