Saturday, January 3, 2009

Abandoned Roundhouse

Located in Spencer North Carolina is the famous Spencer Shops this was Southern Railways maintenance facility of the southeastern US, the roundhouse built in 1924 for steam locomotives has 37 bays and is one of the largest ever constructed, outdoors there is a 100 ft turntable that was used in conjunction with the roundhouse for servicing these mighty iron beasts of yesteryear.

This photograph was taken in 1979 as the second phase of land and buildings were being donated by Southern Railways to The State of North Carolina for its new transportation museum.

Today The North Carolina Transportation Museum has restored most of the buildings including the Roundhouse and Backshop, this facility is also used to restore both steam and diesel locomotives as well as antique passenger cars and rollingstock. It houses many exhibits including a great selection of fine antique automobiles. A train ride taking you around the property is also available.

I highly recommend this place to both history nuts and railfans alike, if your ever in the Charlotte and Greensboro areas this is a great place to visit.

Being an old urban explorer for many years I was fortunate enough to be able to have access to the site during the late 1970's and early 80's to photograph this image and many others that I will be posting from time to time in the future.

Photographed with 35mm film and Pentax camera.

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