This roundhouse was built in 1906 on a large piece of property which extended from Fonda Avenue to
Richard's Crossing, approximately 350 acres, "thereby bestowing upon Oneonta the distinction of hosting
the largest roundhouse in the world, a claim that went unchallenged for over a quarter of century."
(From The Oneonta Roundhouse by Jim Loudon) The roundhouse itself was over 400 feet in diameter with
a 75 foot turntable. There were 52 stalls and it said to be the largest roundhouse in the world.
The economic climate of Oneonta benefitted greatly from the usage of this facility. In 1924 a new turntable,
105 feet long, was installed to accommodate the longest locomotives. When the use of steam power gave way to
disesel power, the activity began to diminish. In 1954 the demolition of the structure started and 36
stalls were gone. The others were rented to companies for storage. In 1993 the rest of the roundhouse was