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April 14, 2013

Museum's turntable back in rotation

After a complete rehabilitation, the century-old turntable that moves trains in and out of the state Railroad Museum returned to full operation Friday.

After a complete rehabilitation, the century-old turntable that moves trains in and out of the state Railroad Museum returned to full operation Friday.

The 80-foot turntable received 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 turntable was then reinstalled 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 Union Pacific for Old Sacramento installation in 1980.

The turntable is used to move heavy locomotives and cars in and out of the museum.

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