The Roundhouse.

Steam locomotives of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway in the roundhouse at the Chicago, Illinois rail yards. Photo taken December, 1942

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The roundhouse was an integral part of the American (and worldwide) railroad scene, typically used for locomotive storage and repair. I learned what a roundhouse was in the 50’s, from one of my favorite children’s books, Tootle:

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It made perfect sense.

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Roundhouses memorialized on a 2012 Forever stamp

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Five locomotives lined up at Steamtown National Historic Site in Pennsylvania. “Steamtown hosted visiting steam locomotives during the Grand Opening in 1995. Five steam locomotives were posed in the Roundhouse for this photo. Historically, steam locomotives faced the other way in the Roundhouse to allow more room between the locomotives at the end where the work was done.”

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Roundhouse Museum

The Old Wolf has spoken.

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