Roundhouse Print
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 06:00

Roundhouse Canadian TexasCanadian RoundhouseAfter the brick Depot and Harvey House were completed, work began on the Roundhouse in 1907. The Santa Fe roundhouse suffered tremendous loss in Hemphill County. In 1908 the newly built roundhouse was destroyed by fire. Eleven locomotives and an oil tanker were lost at an estimated cost of $125,000.00.

The structure was rebuilt only to be destroyed by fire again on April 12, 1951. The purpose of the roundhouse was for locomotive storage and locomotive maintenance. The turntable at the roundhouse was used to either switch engines or to rotate the engine in a different direction. The Canadian Roundhouse had approximately 8 locomotive storage stalls and a night watchman called a hosuler. After the second roundhouse fire, the Santa Fe did not rebuild.

 



 
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