Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Future Blogs / Chapters

With the Detroit, Toledo, and Milwaukee Roundhouse chapter completed, this blog, as far as I know, now includes every structure that stands (or stood) inside of Greenfield Village.
But, that doesn't mean I am done with it - not by any means. My plans are to continue to up-date the information on the structures as more info becomes available.
I also plan to add or switch photographs in other "chapters" when I am able to take better shots. As I wrote all of this out, I found that there are many great pictures awaiting to be taken!

What will follow from here for future chapters will be on the different events that take place inside of the Village, including the Holiday Nights at Christmastime, Hallowe'en, the Civil War Remembrance weekend, and other specialties.
I will also be writing about what takes place behind the scenes - the whys and wherefores that makes Greenfield Village more authentic in every historical sense and puts it far and away above other open-air museums.
Stay tuned...

A scene right out of the past - Dodworth Saxhorn Band


Detroit, Toledo, & Milwaukee Roundhouse

In June of 2000, the Detroit, Toledo, & Milwaukee Roundhouse officially opened.
Originally located in Marshall, Michigan, the structure is the only working educational roundhouse in the midwest region, and one of only seven working roundhouses in the United States.

The original DT&M Roundhouse was built in 1884 and was demolished in 1989. The reconstructed roundhouse has been restored to look as it did in 1920 and includes many of the structural elements of the original. Visitors can watch from above as skilled mechanics service and repair the locomotives using 19th and early 20th century equipment and tools.

That being said, this roundhouse is also the primary facility for the inspection, care, repair, and storage of a number of historic locomotives. The trains at the Village, on an average, require one day of service for every day of operation.

Notice the caboose restoration taking place

In the old days, virtually all of the roundhouse workers were male and they would learn their skills through on the job training.
Not all roundhouses were round. Smaller roundhouses, like the DT&M, were built in a semi-circular pattern around a turntable. The DT&M Roundhouse is built around the Pere Marquette Railroad Turntable

One of the most unique features about the inside of this roundhouse is the ability for the visitor to have the opportunity to actually enter the inspection pit where one can stand beneath a fifty ton locomotive.
Ever stand underneath a fifty ton locomotive?

The "Railroad Junction" - as it's called in Greenfield Village - is now complete by way of the turntable, the Steam Locomotive Train Rides, the Smiths Creek Depot, and now the roundhouse.