Monday, June 04, 2007

BMLRR Belfast, Maine turntable

From: "Randy Purinton" wrote:

I would like to know if the first Belfast turntable was replaced by a second one, as is often the case when locomotives get bigger and the truntables need to be replaced by bigger ones. ...

—Randy Purinton
Patron inquiry from Yale University Library


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Bruce C. Cooper"

The "Armstrong" turntable at Belfast was installed in 1870 and remained in place and in use there until it was removed and the pit filled in in early 2005. After being kept in storage in Belfast for a number of months, the turntable was sold and moved to a railroad museum in Georgia. The rest of the Belfast yard was torn up in July of that same year. The BMLRR never operated a steam locomotive out of Belfast larger than a 1901 vintage 2-3-0 or a diesel larger than 70-tons. (A second turntable was installed at the BMLRR station in Unity, ME, when that became the main station for excursion rides in the late 1990's.)

—Bruce C. Cooper

6/04/2007 8:19 PM  

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