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Port Jervis Turntable

Photos 

Erie 833 on the Turntable

Photo taken by Adam Elmquist

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND)

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BH Photo #334724

Map 

Description 

It is the largest operating turntable in the Eastern United States.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge on Railroad
Location
Port Jervis, Orange County, New York
Status
Preserved
History
Restored 1996
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Total length: 115.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.37649, -74.69444   (decimal degrees)
41°22'35" N, 74°41'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/525550/4580596 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Port Jervis North
Inventory number
BH 68823 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Deck girder (4,781)
Girder (8,566)
New York (3,420)
Open (37,235)
Orange County, New York (95)
Owned by city (4,691)
Plate girder (6,571)
Port Jervis, New York (7)
Preserved (1,095)
Railroad (13,783)
Total length 100-125 feet (4,774)
Turntable (15)

Update Log 

  • May 1, 2018: Updated by Michael Kochler: corrected original build date
  • August 10, 2015: Added by Dave King

Sources 

Comments 

Port Jervis Turntable
Posted July 25, 2018, by webmaster (webmaster [at] portjervisny [dot] com)

Thanks for the interest in this.

Though laying claim to the title would be great, the Port Jervis turntable is not the largest that's operational in the U.S. but rather in the east. This distinction is noted by the Port Jervis Tri-States Railway Preservation Society in its National Geographic tourism page. https://delawareriver.natgeotourism.com/content/erie-turntab...

The total length of the Port Jervis turntable is given here as 115 ft. However, the Union Pacific Roundhouse Turntable and Machine Shop in Cheyenne, WY, reports theirs is a 126-foot diameter continuous span. https://www.cheyenne.org/listing/union-pacific-roundhouse-tu...

Port Jervis Turntable
Posted May 1, 2018, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Michael,

The original turntable was built in 1854. The one presently on the site was not. 1854 turntables were constructed differently and were much smaller.

Regards,

Art S.