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The following locations had confirmed turntables for turning for locomotives:

Existing Locations Size Operation Notes
       
Ann Arbor Ferry Yard (Ann Arbor Railroad) 65' Unknown. As of 2003, the pit walls were caved in, debris and trees were filling the pit, but the table is spiked to the lead track and you can walk out on it.  [Kris Foondle]
Gladstone (CN/Soo) Unk. Electric Still in use.
Grand Rapids, Hughart Yard [PRR] Unk. Electric Still in use.
Greenfield Village 70' Hand (moved from PM, Petosky)
Pontiac Yard [GTW] Unk. Unknown The turntable is still installed but not operational. You can still see it clearly from Cass Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie [DSS&A] Unk. Unk.  
Wells (E&LS) Unk Unk. Still in use.
       
Removed Locations Size (ft) Operation Notes
       
Adrian [LSMS/NYC] Unk. Unknown Removed by 1975
Almont [PM] Unknown Hand The table was in the southeast corner of the town, just east of a feed store on M-53. Tennis courts are now on the exact site.
Battle Creek [GTW] 90' Electric Removed in 1980's.
Battle Creek [MC/NYC]     Downtown at yard
Benton Harbor [PM] 70' Hand As of 1942
Detroit [PM] 100' Three bearing, electric As of 1942
Detroit Livernois [MCRR]   Electric  
Detroit Livernois [MCRR]   Electric  
Durand [GTW] 85' Electric  
Elberta (AA)     Photo available.
Erie (Ottawa Yard) [PM] 100' Three bearing, electric As of 1942
Grand Haven 80' Unknown Removed in 1960 or 1961
Grand Rapids [PM] 115' Three bearing, electric As of 1942
Harrison [PM] 60' Hand As of 1942
Ionia [PM] 60' Hand As of 1942
Jackson [MCRR] Unk Electric  
Jackson [MCRR] - Transfer Table Unk. Electric  
Kalamazoo Mozel Yard (GR&I) 85' Electric  
Ludington [PM] 85' Three bearing, electric As of 1942
Manistee [PM] 70' Hand As of 1942
Manistique {M&LS]     Removed when tracks were torn up.
Muskegon (North Yard) [PM] 70' Hand As of 1942.  Removed in 1949.
New Buffalo [PM] 90' Electric As of 1942.  Removed in 1999 and brought to Owosso awaiting installation in 2001.
Petoskey [PM] 70' Electric As of 1942
Plymouth [PM] 100' Electric As of 1942
Port Huron [PM] 85' Three bearing, electric As of 1942.  Removed, preserved in Mayville, MI.  Picture available.
Saginaw [PM] 100' Electric As of 1942
Sarnia, Ontario [PM] 70' Hand As of 1942
St. Thomas, Ontario [PM] 115' Three bearing, electric As of 1942
Traverse City [PM] 65' Electric As of 1942
Walkerville, Ontario [PM] 70' Hand As of 1942
       
Other Interesting Turntable facts...
  • A 70 foot turntable was used to replace an ancient wooden structure over the Black River near Poland, which was the location where the Pere Marquette's branch line veered off to Sandusky.  T. J. Gaffney, the Curator of Collections for the Port Huron Museum, guesses that the bridge was formally a turntable from the west side of the state, perhaps Manistee, Benton Harbor or Muskegon.

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