Roundhouse floors

Discussion in 'Roundhouses & Turntables' started by Oldguy, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. Oldguy

    Oldguy Member Supporter

    So what were the smaller roundhouses have for floors in the 1950's? Gravel? I know some had concrete pits, but I haven't been able to determine what covered the floors.
  2. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Bob -
    Some plans that Karl Brand provided a while back for the Chaffee roundhouse revision in 1953 indicate that the remaining stalls were to have "concrete floors."

    Chaffee, MO - Roundhouses/Turntables

    Robert Tomb also shared a c. 1968 photo of the truncated building (exterior only):

    Chaffee Roundhouse in 1968

    I'm not sure about the other remaining roundhouses, but I'd suspect they would have been similar if they also underwent conversion to diesel-servicing facilities.

    Best Regards,
  3. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    I think some of the older ones might have had brick or even well packed earth in some of the very small ones.
  4. gna

    gna Member Supporter

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  5. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    I wondered about wood too.
  6. Many old school machine shops and heavy mechanical works had wooden block floors. Four by four and six by six square blocks - end grain up - concrete or brick below. When I worked at Marion Power Shovel in Ohio, the David Street machine shop which was built late 1800's still had the wooden floor when I was in there working in 1985. It is about five city blocks long and half a block wide. You could put heavy gearing or machine parts on the floor without scoring their finish (or chipping concrete) - no chasing blocks or plywood to set them down.
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  7. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    Then, oil soaking into the grain wasn’t an issue, I take it.
  8. No problem with oil spills at Marion - saved using other preservatives I suppose. If a block was damaged or removed - maintenance would show up with a replacement and it would be summarily chiseled to fit and tamped in place. A ten ton propel shaft makes a great tamper...... the roundhouse would have had similar heavy weight stuff.

    The article referenced above detailing the careful restoration of a wooden block floor would have made our plant maintenance guys grin and shake their heads.

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