Sunday, May 1, 2011
Google Doodle and The Union Railroad Round House Turntable
Yesterday, while I was supposed to be cutting grass at my mother-in-law's house, I returned back to the Union Railroad and got some pictures of the round house turntable. With the better look, I am not so sure that they still use the round house or not.
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My apologies for so many pictures of the same thing. The hillside is well treed and it is impossible to get a clear shot. So I took shots from different angles.
Note the power cable, attaching to the housing on top of the superstructure. My guess is that the superstructure rotates under the housing. I have a vague recollection of there being guy cables running from the end of the bridge on each side to the top of the superstructure, but I see no evidence of them now.
Looks at lot like a bridge truss...it is one that rotates. If you look closely at the bottom of the back wall of the pit (click for full size) you will see a circular rail mounted on shallow ties. Note the keystone segments of the concrete floor of the pit. I wonder what is in the buckets?
The same hillside as last week, just from a lower elevation.
Zoom in on the trees. The foliage has grown quite a bit from last week.
I wonder if this tank is a left over from the old steam engine days. The track goes under the tank.
If this is what retirement is like, screwing off, taking pictures when I should be doing chores, I think I am going to like it.