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Turntable at Yeovil Junction Station

A Grade II Listed Building in Barwick, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.9239 / 50°55'26"N

Longitude: -2.6136 / 2°36'49"W

OS Eastings: 356966

OS Northings: 114005

OS Grid: ST569140

Mapcode National: GBR MP.Q5N9

Mapcode Global: FRA 56DN.RL2

Plus Code: 9C2VW9FP+HG

Entry Name: Turntable at Yeovil Junction Station

Listing Date: 4 September 2005

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1392981

English Heritage Legacy ID: 493427

ID on this website: 101392981

Location: Stoford, Somerset, BA22

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: Barwick

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Bradford Abbas with Clifton Maybank St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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04-SEP-05 Turntable at Yeovil Junction station

Locomotive turntable. 1947. Built by Cowans, Sheldon & Co Ltd. of Carlisle for the Great Western Railway. Plan completely intact. 70' diameter, steel and iron plate; in brick-lined pit with concrete floor. Pivoted by runner wheels at either end on a circular rail around the perimeter of turntable pit. Operating apparatus located at one end of deck beneath a canopy with corrugated sheet roof. Hand rails to deck.
HISTORY: The original Yeovil Junction Station was built in 1860 by the London and South Western Railway Company (LSWR) when it extended its main line from Salisbury to Exeter. In June 1864 the Great Western Railway opened the Clifton Maybank Railway, a broad gauge goods-only branch line from its line at Yeovil to a transfer shed at Yeovil Junction. The turntable was installed alongside the transfer shed in 1947, replacing the original hand-propelled one that was installed in the mid C19. It is operated by the vacuum or air brake system of the engine. The turntable now forms part of the Yeovil Steam Centre and is in working order.
ASSESSMENT OF IMPORTANCE: A remarkably complete and rare survival of a railway turntable that remains operational. It contributes significantly to the character of Yeovil Junction Station and has good group value with the adjacent former engine transfer shed.
SOURCE: `Yeovil, 150 Years of Railways', (2003) B.L. Jackson

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