Beaumont KS Roundhouse

Discussion in 'Roundhouses & Turntables' started by Iantha_Branch, Aug 5, 2021.

  1. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    I fell down a bit of a rabbit hole tonight. For some reason I found myself looking at things in the Beaumont KS area. For those that aren't familiar, Beaumont sat on the main line of the Wichita Sub and the northern end of the Beaumont Sub. After looking around a bit online I can't find much info on the setup here. There would have been a roundhouse here to service locomotives working the Beaumont Sub, but I can't find any ground level photos of the roundhouse or the turn table. I did find it in an old aerial photo dated 1956, snapshots attached.

    Any one know of any photos of this setup?

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  2. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    They sure want to make sure you know it's copyrighted, don't they?

  3. mark

    mark Member


    The turntable at this station had a short life. It was only 60' long, manufactured by King. It was out of service and removed by 1926.

    By this date steam locomotives had mostly outgrown its short length. Beaumont had a wye around the small interchange yard and limited facilities at this station. This gave the railroad the ability to turn locomotives, doodlebugs or motorcar gas electrics and other equipment. With a very limited number of trains on the Beaumont subdivision and a very small engine house the turntable was considered redundant. Therefore, it was not replaced due to cost, limited need or use. A couple of turnouts were then used to access the roundhouse stalls.

    There is a track schematic in the forums, Operations tab, Wichita Subdivision. Over time the small yard continued to be reduced in the number of tracks. The bulk of the population centers, industries and customers were on the southern portion (Winfield, Arkansas City, KS and Blackwell, OK) of the Beaumont Subdivision. Therefore, the traffic was largely routed south to the larger yard and company facilities at Enid, Oklahoma.

    You might find the following link helpful for plats and photographs. Please see

    Hope this helps.


    Last edited: Aug 5, 2021
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  4. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Completely slipped my mind to check there. Appreciate the explanation Mark.

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