Drop Pit

The drop pit is located at the west end of the roundhouse, in the last two stalls, and was probably installed as part of the 1920’s addition to the roundhouse.  It is a typical roundhouse drop-pit, generally useful for removing wheel sets, and smaller trucks.  

Following the repairs and refurbishing, the front truck of the Sierra #3, required the removal of an inch or so of material in order to level the frame.  Since Railtown is not equipped with a crane, the drop pit has served as the most effective method to remove the front truck for adjustment.  It also presented an opportunity to use the historic roundhouse for what it is intended, meeting part of our goal of keeping the shops alive.

DJ and Kurt remove the planks covering the pit, while the film crew documents.

DJ and Kurt remove the planks covering the pit, while the film crew documents.

The front of the locomotive is jacked up onto jacks.

The front of the locomotive is jacked up onto jacks.

Norm and DJ inspect the lift prior to use.

Norm and DJ inspect the lift prior to use.

George displays a frog discovered in the pit.

George displays a frog discovered in the pit.

Winch pulls the lowered lift laterally along the bottom track of the pit.

Winch pulls the lowered lift laterally along the bottom track of the pit.

And, in the final step, the front truck is lifted up into the adjacent stall, ready to be wheeled out.

And, in the final step, the front truck is lifted up into the adjacent stall, ready to be wheeled out.

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