The Gritty, Darkside of Railroads

I snapped this picture of the ruins of Southern Pacific’s machine shop in Eugene, Oregon. On the right edge of the building the roundhouse once attached however, due to environmental problems was removed years ago. This portion of the rail yard was where steam locomotives are repaired, overhauled, or inspected and just a bit out of the right-side frame is the 120′ diameter turntable, the locomotive would directed onto this platter then a controller would throw a lever, the table turns stopping at the appropriate stall to which the enginge would move. The yard is now owned and operated by Union Pacific but only for assembling trains maintenance is done down the line.

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