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Michigan Central roundhouse dome roof

Unread postPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 12:19 pm
by Atkinson_Railroad
The URL in the recent post by Garry K titled "Early train travel in Michigan" shows a photo of the Michigan Central Roundhouse.
The dome shaped building is something I did not know about. (I need to get out more often ; )

Photo of roundhouse: https://digitalcollections.detroitpubli ... a%3A157815

What would have been the function or purpose of having a high ceiling building as such for a locomotive roundhouse?
It certainly was a unique style building for its purpose.

John

Re: Michigan Central roundhouse dome roof

Unread postPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 12:58 pm
by trnwatcher
Atkinson_Railroad wrote:The URL in the recent post by Garry K titled "Early train travel in Michigan" shows a photo of the Michigan Central Roundhouse.
The dome shaped building is something I did not know about. (I need to get out more often ; )

Photo of roundhouse: https://digitalcollections.detroitpubli ... a%3A157815

What would have been the function or purpose of having a high ceiling building as such for a locomotive roundhouse?
It certainly was a unique style building for its purpose.

John

Decoration and maybe ventilation. Was built before electric exhaust fans were around.

Re: Michigan Central roundhouse dome roof

Unread postPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 8:37 pm
by M.D.Bentley
If I recall correctly. That was down by the Detroit river.