Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Washington, IN: B&O Roundhouse

Ernie Julian posted
Ernie's comment:
I've been a life long lover of steamers, diesels & electrics, roundhouses & turntables.
Also a N-guage model railroader since it first came out in the 60's, still collect to this day.
Also its kinna in my blood thanks to my Grandfather. Dads, Father.
My Grandpa worked here at the B&O Washington Indiana roundhouse.
He told me many stories of pulling the engines in for servicing as well as a lot of other interesting things about working on them.
Then taking them back out to the ready track.
A Hostler.
And on Moms side of the family, my other Grandpa owned the general store, passenger station and PO. Also from her side one of my Cousins was the engineer for the South Wind which was operated jointly by the Pennsy, L&N and Atlantic Coast Line. Remember making many trips with her to Chicago Union Station to meet my Uncle that lived in South Bend Indiana who came to pick us up. As a kid I loved to walk through all the coachs to the observation and just watch the tracks past as we went over them.

You can still see the foundation of some of the roundhouse. The town also had a big backshop operation. You can still see the transfer table between the two buildings on the right.

Seeing how big the operations used to be on this B&O route makes it even more sad that CSX choose not to use most of it across Ohio and Illinois. (I don't know about Indiana. The INDOT map has been broken the last few months! :-()

Update: Here is a version of the roundhouse photo that did not crop the top off. So we can see all of the wooden coal tower and the interlock tower at the top at the throat of the yard.

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Fans of the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad posted
Here is a clip from the 1896 Sandborn Fire Insurance map of Washington. Note the various connections. As usual, this just leads to more questions.
Fans of the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad I think the two tracks heading south went to coal mines. The one heading south east went close to the conservation club and the one heading south west went to sunny side road area.
John Steele shared
This photo was posted by the Daviess Co. Historical Museum with the following description.
8 x 10 black and white aerial photograph taken in 1948 of a Baltimore and Ohio rail yard in Washington, Indiana. At the top (west end) of the photo is the "Round House/Turn Table" which turned trains 360 degrees. This picture was part of a collection of railroad photographs obtained from the Al Peek estate. According to the 1952 Washington City Directory, Albert C. Peek was a conductor for the B & O Railroad Company and he resided at 21 Green Acres in Washington, Indiana with his wife, Lois Peek.

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