Roundhouse Door Project

Six sets of tall doors provide access to the south side of the building and are a distinctive architectural feature of the Jamestown roundhouse.

Maintenance records do not exist for the roundhouse doors, so we don't know if they have been replaced before, but its clear that they have faced hard use and have many interesting scars to prove it. However, by late 2010, damage caused by gravity and use resulted in many of the doors being closed for safety reasons.


Using the original doors as a pattern, the new set of frames was constructed by skilled volunteers, using specially milled fir.

The door openings are temporarily boarded over while the work is being done.

Once the doors are completed, they are hung "naked" (without the tin sheathing).

Installation of the "skins" is time consuming. Original sheathing is carefully removed from the original doors, wherever possible, and put into the same position on the new doors. Shortline Railroads like this one have been notorious for "making a penny squeal" and the judicious use of small pieces of tin on the doors is a symptom of this frugality. It would have been much easier to replace with new tin, or even used tin, but some history would be lost. The completed door will receive a final coat of paint, but otherwise, looks exactly like the original, and utilizes many materials from the original.