A turntable can be found on the grounds surrounding the Railway Museum. This piece of equipment was built 80 years ago in the German city of Maagdenburg. During the age of steam (roughly until 1958), turntables were essential: steam locomotives, after all, have great difficulty backing up. Turntables were used at work sites and engine sheds to help them change direction. Our EduTRAINers often give demonstrations involving the turntable at the Railway Museum and we use it turn the museum's own locomotives as well.