Kentville Roundhouse

A Stable for Iron Horses


Built by the
Dominion Atlantic Railway






A roundhouse is a specialized building used
by railroads for servicing steam locomotives.
Reference: Roundhouse Wikipedia

Demolition of the Roundhouse


Remains of the Railway Roundhouse at Kentville, Nova Scotia
Remains of the Railway Roundhouse at Kentville, Nova Scotia

Photographed at 1:32pm, Friday 13 July 2007

More demolition photographs

Photograph by Mike Dembeck, Aerial photograph 1: Remains of the Railway Roundhouse at Kentville, Nova Scotia
Aerial photograph 1: Remains of the Railway Roundhouse at Kentville, Nova Scotia

Photographed Wednesday 11 July 2007

Large view 1   11 July 2007
Large view 2   11 July 2007
Large view 3   26 July 2007







What it used to look like


Nova Scotia: Dominion Atlantic Railway roundhouse at Kentville
Dominion Atlantic Railway roundhouse at Kentville, Nova Scotia, one month before demolition

Photographed at 7:02am 8 June 2007

Large view



Nova Scotia: North wall, Dominion Atlantic Railway roundhouse at Kentville
North wall of the Dominion Atlantic Railway roundhouse at Kentville, one month before demolition

Photographed on 9 June 2007

Large view



Nova Scotia: South wall, Dominion Atlantic Railway roundhouse at Kentville
South wall of the Dominion Atlantic Railway roundhouse at Kentville, one month before demolition

Photographed on 9 June 2007

Large view



Nova Scotia: Back (west) wall, Dominion Atlantic Railway roundhouse at Kentville
Back (west) wall of the Dominion Atlantic Railway roundhouse at Kentville, two weeks before demolition

Photographed on 25 June 2007

Photographs of the Kentville Roundhouse back (west) wall



Nova Scotia: Kentville Town Council hears from Nova Scotia Railway Heritage Society re Railway roundhouse
At a meeting of the Kentville Town Council
Nova Scotia Railway Heritage Society's Jay Underwood
opposes the pending demolition of the Kentville Roundhouse.

Photographed on 13 June 2007

Kentville Town Council meeting, 13 June 2007



TRAINS magazine reports the demolition of the DAR Roundhouse
Trains magazine reports the demolition of the DAR Roundhouse





Heritage Canada opposes demolition of the Roundhouse





Roundhouse by Wikipedia


The Como Roundhouse
Colorado's last narrow-gauge stone roundhouse.  The tracks through Como were pulled up in 1938, and the stone roundhouse went on to be used as a warehouse, sawmill, and barn.  Its fortunes improved in 1983 when, at the age of 102 years, it was registered as a national historic site...


CPR John Street Roundhouse
The Toronto Historical Board identifies the CPR John Street Roundhouse as an "architecturally and historically important surviving reminder of steam technology and the role of rail transportation in the city of Toronto."  "Roundhouse" is the popular term for a building used to store, repair, inspect and shelter steam locomotives...


Iron Horse Stabled Edmonton Sun, 3 May 2007
Three Valley Gap Roundhouse, near Revelstoke, Alberta
It's not always easy, or even a priority, for communities to save artifacts from the past, but there is a human need to understand where we come from... We can't move into the future without understanding our history... Daily maintenance of steam locomotives took place in the roundhouses, including regular greasing, oiling and cleaning.  The locomotives needed a lot of equipment to maintain them.  The number of stalls in a roundhouse varied from as few as two to around 60, depending on its location and the number of trains working in the area.  Three Valley Gap's roundhouse has an inspection pit, a back shop, a pattern shop and a railway coach repair and carpentry shop...


Kingston's Railroad Roundhouse Kingston, Ontario
Roundhouses were a particularly North American invention, not as common in the rest of the railroad world.  The term signifies that the building had a central point around which it was constructed.  The turntable allowed an engine to be moved into any particular stall in the round house.  The number of stalls depended upon the needs of the railroad at that location...


The Hugo Roundhouse
The only surviving brick roundhouse in the state of Colorado and one of the most significant historical sites on Colorado's Central Plains... an exceptional and rare surviving example of roundhouse design and construction and it has not had any of the original eight stalls removed.  Further, the building possesses a high degree of architectural integrity due to its limited amount of disfiguring alteration, presenting an appearance today that is not too different from its appearance historically...


(1) Junee Round House New South Wales, Australia
brick roundhouse, 42 stalls
(2) Junee Round House


The Chattanooga Roundhouse, 1864 near Atlanta, Georgia


Some Santa Fe Roundhouses





Date 23 August 1993, effective 22 September 1993
Abandonment of the Halifax Subdivision from mileage 52.9 to mileage 56.1, including the 4.6 mile Kentville Spur from mileage 56.1 Halifax Subdivision to the end of the track and the 2.3 mile Kingsport Spur from mileage 56.1 Halifax Subdivision to the end of the track
Decision No. 570-R-1993 Canadian Transportation Agency
Order No. 1993-R-267 Canadian Transportation Agency





Date 13 July 1989, effective 13 July 1990
Abandonment of of most of the Kentville Subdivision from Kentville (mileage 4.6) to Annapolis Royal (mileage 58.4) and the entire Yarmouth Subdivision from Annapolis Royal (mileage 0.0) to Yarmouth (mileage 86.6), a total distance of 140.4 miles
Order No. 1989-R-182 Canadian Transportation Agency





Date 27 February 1990, effective 27 March 1990
Changes the effective date of abandonment of the operation of the railway line Kentville to Yarmouth, to March 27, 1990
Order No. 1990-R-82 Canadian Transportation Agency





Decision date 13 July 1989, effective spring 1990
Abandonment of the Kentville Subdivision from Kentville (mileage 4.6) to Annapolis Royal (mileage 58.4) and the entire Yarmouth Subdivision from Annapolis Royal (mileage 0.0) to Yarmouth (mileage 86.6)
Decision No. 350-R-1989 Canadian Transportation Agency

The Kentville Subdivision consists of 7.5 miles of 100 pound rail and 50.9 miles of 85 pound rail.
The Yarmouth Subdivision consists of 3.4 miles of 100 pound rail, 75.3 miles of 85 pound rail and 7.3 miles of 80 pound rail.

"100 pound rail" means rail weighing 100 pounds per yard (3 feet)
"85 pound rail" means rail weighing 85 pounds per yard (3 feet), etc.





Date 28 July 1994
Official approval of the sale to The Windsor & Hantsport Railway Company Limited, of the Canadian Pacific Limited Halifax Subdivision between mileage 0.0 (Windsor Junction) and mileage 52.9 (New Minas), including the Truro Spur, a 4.4-mile spur which connects to the Halifax Subdivision at mileage 31.6.
Decision No. 501-R-1994 Canadian Transportation Agency

Pursuant to the Agreement, the conveyance to the W&H Railway will occur in the following order:
    1.  CP will surrender its 999-year lease to the DAR with respect to the line being conveyed to the W&H Railway.  Following CP's surrender of its leasehold interest, the DAR will have reacquired all of the interest in the line.
    2.  The DAR will then convey to the W&H Railway by deed that portion of the line which it holds in freehold, being the Truro Spur between mileage 0.0 and mileage 4.4 of the Halifax Subdivision and the portion of the line between mileage 32.16 and mileage 52.9 of the Halifax Subdivision.
    3.  The DAR will assign to the W&H Railway the causeway easement it holds from the Crown dated March 14, 1984 between mileage 31.6 and mileage 32.16.
    4.  The DAR will assign to the W&H Railway the 99-year lease it holds from the Crown dated January 1, 1914 between mileage 0.0 and mileage 31.6, of the Windsor Branch of the Intercolonial Railway.





Dominion Atlantic Railway Wikipedia

Dominion Atlantic Railway Library and Archives Canada

Windsor & Annapolis Railway Library and Archives Canada

Yarmouth & Annapolis Railway Library and Archives Canada

Dominion Atlantic Railway Railways of Canada Archives

DAR Passenger Service 1930-1950s Railways of Canada Archives

DAR Passenger Train timetable 1949, Halifax - Yarmouth

DAR Passenger Train timetable 1936, Truro - Windsor

Dominion Atlantic Railway Traffic Rules and Regulations (no date)





Kentville roundhouse on the Internet
Kentville Roundhouse on the WWW, 10 June 2007, Top Four Google hits
Top Four Google hits for Kentville roundhouse 10 June 2007

Complete view of the Top Twenty Google hits for Kentville roundhouse






Kentville Advertiser
Weekly newspaper articles online

Roundhouse demolition uncovers 1938 time capsule 25 September 2008
Roundhouse demolition on Heritage Canada's Worst Losses list 11 July 2008
Kentville DAR roundhouse demolition continues 10 July 2007
Roundhouse reduced to rubble 9 July 2007
Kentville roundhouse demolition begins 9 July 2007
Provincial Liberal Leader tours Kentville roundhouse 28 June 2007
No sign Council will budge on Roundhouse decision 15 June 2007
Public invited to view former railway roundhouse in Kentville 8 June 2007
Roundhouse Action Group rallies to save former rail structure 7 June 2007
Corkum takes firm stand on roundhouse 1 June 2007
Is the Roundhouse doomed? 15 May 2007

Halifax Chronicle-Herald
Daily newspaper articles online

Kentville's rail history crumbles 10 July 2007
Workers prepare Kentville roundhouse for demolition 6 July 2007
Time running out for railway building (undated)
Rail buffs lobby to preserve roundhouse (undated)
Group fights to save building (undated)

CBC
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Excavators bring down historic roundhouse 11 July 2007
Historic N.S. roundhouse faces wrecking ball 1 June 2007

Roundhouse demolition preparations
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Photographs






"Give us a chance..."
Railway Roundhouse, Toronto Star, 30 June 2007





Kentville Advertiser's Big Blunder

They got the wrong building

Local newspaper misidentifies "Kentville landmark"

Photograph identified by newspaper
as "the old railway roundhouse" isn't


Kentville Advertiser, big blunder, 22 May 2007
Kentville Advertiser weekly newspaper, 22 May 2007, page 3
This photograph shows the Great Valley Juice Company's plant on West Main Street.
This building is adjacent to, but obviously is not, the "old railway roundhouse".





Stephen Kimber's comment on the Roundhouse demolition, 15 July 2007
Stephen Kimber's comment on the Roundhouse demolition

Source: Stephen Kimber's blog, 15 July 2007






Roundhouse demolition on Worst Losses list, Heritage Canada Foundation
Roundhouse demolition makes Heritage Canada Foundation's Wost Losses list

Source: Kentville Advertiser, 11 July 2008







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First uploaded to the WWW:   2007 June 08
Latest update:   2008 September 26