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Locomotive Turntable

Railway Technology & Industrial Culture

One of Germany's oldest surviving locomotive turntables is located in the Natur Park Südgelände. By means of this, locomotives could be moved manually to other tracks, for example in the direction of the locomotive hall. This operation was mainly carried out on steam locomotives with trailing tenders that could only move forwards. In addition, turntables were used for space-saving transfer of a vehicle to neighbouring tracks.

Today, the locomotive turntable with a diameter of 23 metres is surrounded by nature, and the relic from the railway era is often used for cultural events.