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Bob Lind, Published May 02 2013

Steam Threshers use hand-operated train turntable

Neighbors carried a piece some time ago about someone taking the old Galloping Goose branch line train to the Canadian border, where it was turned around on a hand-operated turntable.

The column said that those turntables no longer exist.

Wrong, says Tom Hall, of Moorhead, and sends a picture along to prove it.

Tom is one of the many who put on the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers’ Reunion at Rollag each Labor Day weekend.

“Each morning and evening (during the show),” Tom writes, “our Soo Line steam locomotive is taken out/put in our roundhouse, and turned on a hand-operated turntable.”

The picture is of reunion members pushing the turntable with the 125-ton locomotive on it, moving it from the main line track to the roundhouse.

“We have lots of things at Rollag that ‘don’t exist any more!’ ” Tom writes with justifiable pride.

Speaking of the Galloping Goose, John Maus, of Fallbrook, Calif., and formerly of Havana, N.D., and Fargo, writes that, “On a recent train trip to British Columbia, I learned there once was a train that ran on Vancouver Island (B.C.) that was called the Galloping Goose. So the use of that term was wide spread!”

Apparently so, John.


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