Roundhouse and turntable are the only original remains of the vast
Southern Pacific Brooklyn yard that is 100 years old. Today
the main rail yard is still used by Union Pacific (which acquired
Southern Pacific) in the mid 1990s.) The present roundhouse was
built in the 1940s to replace the original, but today is only a shadow
of it's former glory. The larger of the two roundhouse buildings
was demolished, leaving only the present building. The
original turn table is also almost 100 years, although the current
electric bridge was |
installed in the 1920s.
The Roundhouse is no longer used by the
UP. Instead housing some of the most unique and famous
locomotives in the U.S., SP&S #700 and Southern Pacific #4449, both
some of the largest still operating steam engines in the world.