A spin on the turntable
Continuing our series of videos and posts to let you #NCLearnAtHome. From the time it was built in 1924, the Bob Julian Roundhouse was an essential part of Southern Railway's Spencer Shops, home to regular maintenance for the company's steam locomotive fleet. And there is only one way to put a locomotive into the roundhouse - the turntable!
this turntable was the heart of the roundhouse. At its peak, this shop service over 100 steam look most a day, each of which he needed to spin from the turntable, one to get in and one to get out. The 100 foot turntable with built in 1924 and powered by two electric motors, one on each end. It's much simpler to drive. One leaf in a steam locomotive is just a throttle, and brake rails is crucial to keeping trained on the track. A slight misalignment could cause a minor derailment trapping locomotives in our around house until the locomotive is every rails. Not securing a steam locomotive parking at the turntable could have disastrous consequences. Oops thing.