After a complete rehabilitation, the century-old turntable that moves trains in and out of the state Railroad Museum returns to full operation today.
A Union Pacific caboose will be moved into the museum this morning around 9:30 a.m. via the 80-foot turntable.
The turntable got a major overhaul: refurbished bearings, new ties and decking, cleaning and resurfacing of the pivot bearing assembly, machining of steel support rods, repairs to safety railing and new paint.
The heavy-duty was then re-installed at the west end of the Old Sacramento museum. The turntable was built in 1911 by American Bridge Company the same year the firm built Sacramento's I Street Bridge.
The turntable was first in operation in Yakima, Wash. It was acquired by the museum from UP for Old Sacramento installation in 1980.
The turntable is used to move heavy locomotives and cars in and out of the museum.
The estimated value of the rehabilitation is pegged at $100,000, according to a museum official