15th street roundhouse

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Mon Jul 1 20:43:28 EDT 2019


That location was named named West Roanoke Lower Roundhouse (21 stalls), built 1889 with a 60 foot turntable and West Roanoke Upper Roundhouse (20 stalls) built 1905 with a 75 foot turntable. 

Shaffers Crossing was built beginning in 1919 and completed in 1920 with 40 stalls and a 115-foot turntable, which is still in place, by the way.

The Roundhouses at 14th Street stayed in service until 1932, when all work was transferred to Shaffers Crossing. They remained standing for almost two years before being torn down in 1934.

Of course this leads to Mr. Burnett’s question of exactly where is West Roanoke, of which there are multiple answers!

Ken Miller

> On Jul 1, 2019, at 7:21 PM, NW Mailing List via NW-Mailing-List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
> In the Archives is a picture dated 1/1/1917 and is the 15th street roundhouse among other things.  That address puts it at Shaffer's Crossing but not to the current buildings.  (I did assume it was 15th St NW).   Where was the 41 stall roundhouse?  Is the one pictured the same building or did the 41 stall roundhouse come later and closer to the current transfer table and turntable that exist now?
> Thank you,
> Mike Shockley
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