Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Question: Largest Roundhouse in the World

From: "Steve and Mary Ann" smg990@wilbernet.net  

... I ... have a question about the largest roundhouse in the world.  The CPRR stated that the largest roundhouse in the world is in Sparks, Nevada.  It was only a 40 bay roundhouse.  There was one in Oneonta, NY that had 52 bays, was 400' in diameter and had a 75' roundtable.

Is the information on the CPRR site correct?

Claims of "World's Largest Roundhouse" –

Sparks, Nevada, 1904-1905 (CPRR); ?largest 1905-1906

Oneonta, New York, 1906 (Delaware & Hudson RR); largest 1906-?1915

Altoona, Pennsylvania, (Pennsylvania RR); largest ?dates
"Work on the oldest section of the Altoona Roundouse began in the early 1880s, with a major expansion built in 1913 and a third in 1947."


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

I can't speak to the accuracy of the claim – but if it was ever true it likely would only have been so at the time the roundhouse was built – about 1905.
and even then one would have to define just what characteristic was being compared. It is sort of like the largest locomotive in the world – it all depends on which measurement you are using.

Kyle K. Wyatt
Curator of History & Technology
California State Railroad Museum
111 "I" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

My work address is: kwyatt@parks.ca.gov
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6/07/2005 8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the Delaware and Hudson?

1/20/2008 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Union Pacific had a round house in Pocatello Idaho that was 53 stalls, IF you are going by the amount of stalls rather than physical dimentions of the building. Pocatello is one of the main hubs for UP. Also remember the UP was the ONLY RR to run the Big Boys on their rails.

12/31/2009 11:23 AM  

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