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| July 8, 2013 | 2 Comments More

Oyster Bay, New York WallpaperI saw a story online this weekend about an original turntable dating from 1902 not too far from where I live here on Long Island. The turntable is in its original location at the Oyster Bay, NY train station, about a mile from Teddy Roosevelt’s summer White House at Sagamore Hill. It’s a safe bet that the President’s locomotive got turned around more than a few times there. Sagamore Hill is where Roosevelt got word he won the Presidential election of 1904 and later at age 60, where he died. Lots of history in this small town of Oyster Bay.

I thought I’d take a drive down to the old yard where the turntable is located, near the newer LIRR tracks and platform, to shoot some photos. Unfortunately, the turntable is undergoing a refitting and the area was fenced off. Damn. I’ll have to make an appointment to get in there for photos in the future.

Oyster Bay, New York

Not wanting to leave empty-handed, I took some shots of a nearby yard switch in the late afternoon sun. When I got home I popped one of these images on my desktop as a wallpaper and while it’s no historic turntable, it looks kind of cool on my monitor so I thought I’d share.

While I was walking along the track looking for a good photo, I came across an old-style track spike. I’m pretty sure this spike isn’t from Roosevelt’s time in the area, but with a little imagination, it could be. It’s sitting on my computer case now. Bully!

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  • ALEX

    During my USA rail-fanning trip earlier this year… I found a pile o’ spikes next to some BNSF trackage. I took a few. I still have one, and a few “random” folkZ in the Z-world have the others.

  • http://www.raildig.com John Cubbin

    Nothing like a good souvenir!

    John
    Ztrains

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