Surviving Roundhouses and Turntables in Iowa

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Blue (Roundhouse and Turntable), Green (Roundhouse Only), Yellow (Turntable only), Red (Visual Remains)
TypeStallsYear BuiltRailroadCurrent UseCityStateCountryNotes
Turntable Only39Chicago & North Western Union Pacific YardBooneIAUSA
Roundhouse Only2Chicago, Milwaukee Saint Paul & Pacific concrete companyCalmarIAUSAoriginal roundhouse destroyed by tornado in 1918
Visual Remains OnlyBurlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern lot in industrial areaCedar RapidsIAUSAconcrete floor visible under debris
Visual Remains OnlyIllinois Central Vacant lotCherokeeIAUSAfoundation visible through undergrowth
Visual Remains OnlyChicago, Burlington & Quincy Vacant lotClintonIAUSAfoundation partially visible
Visual Remains OnlyIllinois Central Canadian National yardCouncil BluffsIAUSAfoundation and turntable pit ring visible
Turntable OnlyChicago, Rock Island & Pacific Iowa Interstate yardCouncil BluffsIAUSAstill in use
Visual Remains OnlyUnion Pacific Union Pacific yardCouncil BluffsIAUSAfoundation outline visible
Roundhouse and Turntable5Chicago & North Western Union Pacific yardCouncil BluffsIAUSA
Visual Remains OnlyChicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Vacant lotCouncil BluffsIAUSAfoundation visible through trees
Visual Remains OnlyChicago, Burlington & Quincy BNSF yardCrestonIAUSAconcrete floor visible
Roundhouse and Turntable10Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific CP RailwayDavenportIAUSA
Visual Remains OnlyChicago, Rock Island & Pacific Union Pacific yardDes MoinesIAUSAfoundation visible
Visual Remains OnlyIllinois Central Canadian National yardDubuqueIAUSAroundhouse trackways are visible
Visual Remains OnlyChicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad Cement CompanyDubuqueIAUSA1 bay foundation visable
Visual Remains OnlyIllinois Central Canadian National yardFort DodgeIAUSAfull foundation visible
Visual Remains OnlyAtchison, Topeka & Santa Fe BNSF yardFort MadisonIAUSAoutline of foundation mostly obscured by newer road
Turntable OnlyChicago & Northwestern AbandonedHawardenIAUSAturntable in disrepair, no tracks, roundhouse outline
Visual Remains OnlyBurlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern empty lotIowa City IAUSAfoundation visible
Visual Remains OnlyChicago, Rock Island & Pacific vacant lotIowa FallsIAUSAconcrete floor visible
Roundhouse and TurntableChicago, Rock Island & Pacific storageManlyIAUSA
Turntable OnlyChicago & Northwestern Union Pacific yardMarshalltownIAUSAstill in use, roundhouse foundation visible
Turntable OnlyChicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Canadian Pacific yardMason CityIAUSATurntable was moved from original roundhouse that was a few hundred feet east.
Roundhouse and Turntable6Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Canadian PacificNahantIAUSA
Roundhouse OnlyChicago & Great Western Transco Railway ProductsOelweinIAUSAturntable gone, roundhouse in good condition, used for car repair
Visual Remains OnlyChicago, Burlington & Quincy BNSF yardOttumwaIAUSAconcrete floor visible
Visual Remains OnlyChicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific vacant lotOttumwaIAUSAconcrete floor visible
Visual Remains OnlyChicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific vacant lotPerryIAUSAfoundation visible through undergrowth
Visual Remains OnlyGreat Northern BNSF yardSioux CityIAUSAfoundation visible
Visual Remains OnlyChicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Union Pacific yardSioux CityIAUSAouter ring of roundhouse visible
Roundhouse and Turntable61917Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Sioux City Railroad MuseumSouix CityIAUSA
Roundhouse and TurntableIllinois Central Chicago Central and Pacific RR yardWaterlooIAUSA2 roundhouse buildings share arc and turntable, very good condition in use by RR

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Special thanks to Mark Mason who used the USGS Historical Topographic Maps to locate many of the roundhouse remains shown in this database.


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