How do trains turn corners? They use a turntable! This is a turntable at Roundhouse Park, a park in downtown Toronto in the former Railway Lands where there is a roundhouse and railway museum.
Sometimes when you face a corner, all you have to do is move in a circle to the opposite direction and keep moving! Life lessons perhaps? ;P
Erm, no. Trains turn corners gently: more of a bend really. Turntables are for locomotives, originally built for a single direction of travel – forwards. So they had to be turned around ( a 180º) to go back. Much less wasteful of space than a “wye” (Y) which was actually a delta (Δ). Or to feed a roundhouse (as here). So not a corner at all. But I still like the picture. Our roundhouse in Vancouver got rebuilt into community centre, but at least they kept the turntable.
Ah, thanks! So it should be re-addressed for locomotives then. The way I interpreted “corners” is for turning regardless — this is how locomotives turn a corner.
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Great photo! Keep clicking 🙂
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My kids and I love all things engines. I will be sad on the day they don’t want to play the Thomas VHS tapes anymore.
Maybe then you’ll have to wait for the day when the grandkids will want to partake in that joy. 🙂
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