Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Location: Accrington, Lancashire
|Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:41 pm Post subject: New turntable
|My wagon turntables were only designed to turn 90 degrees. Enough for the job, but not suitable to turn a loco around. Someone asked me for a new version of one of my wagon turntables. This I did, then they said they wanted it to turn a small railcar around, so I had to do some thinking. As the item was in production I started working ideas on how the mechanism could be modified. Not perfect, but the ideas generated made me think I could produce something more like a loco turntable.
I came up with the following
It is no thicker than a piece of track, so no well to cut into baseboard. If the mechanism I designed is used then it needs an extra few mm. It is intended to look like a standard deck type turntable, but obviously the pit is fake. I saw a photo showing pit filled with water, so mucky it up and it could look like it was filled with water.
It is 84mm long, which is big enough for a wide range of small locos. Gauge on this one is 16.5mm but I aim to do it in other gauges.
Will try anything once, looking for the ultimate easy to set up portable exhibition layout, preferably French narrow gauge and with lots going on, not necessary on the rails.