Turntables

gcav17 Feb 13, 2021

  1. gcav17

    gcav17 TrainBoard Member

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    I want to start a new post about turntables. I purchased a cornerstone 130 foot table a few years ago. And the bottom is warped to a point it won't level out. I can probably adjust it maybe. But I am not certain it will fix the problem. This is my 2nd cornerstone table with pretty much the same problem.
    If you know a fix let me know. Or if you know if another turntable that might fit in the hole that would be great.


    But in reality I like turntables and roundhouses. They add a bit of realism and imagination to the layout.
    So let's see everyone's roundhouses too! Should be fun....

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  2. Shortround

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    Could you use hydrocal, or what ever it's called, to lay down a leveling base? I'm planning on using at least one turntable for the HO layout to save space as well.
     
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  3. Charlie Vlk

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    How about cutting a circle of 3/4” plywood to fit the bottom of the plastic pit and using flathead screws to flatten out the warp? A hole in the center might even be sized to assist mounting a drive motor.
    Charlie Vlk
     
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    North-Towanda-Mixed-1.jpg

    I've always liked this photo. S&NY yard in Towanda, North Towanda I believe. IIRC they had a North Towanda yard and a South Towanda yard. Both were small. I'll research it more if anyone would like.

    I'm thinking about reconfiguring my two track interchange into a small yard like this.

    Perfect model scene.

    On the left an old grounded boxcar, yard building, abandoned coal trestle pylons or staithes, and single track main.

    To the right, small armstrong turntable, tender, possibly for topping off another tender, a gondola possibly for topping off a tender and IIRC an early frieght house and team track.

    If you look past the frieght house there is a ditcher or log loder under steam. Possibly during abandonment. Not sure if locomotive is S&NY or LV.

    I've been by here. It looks totally different. The single track line through here is now owned by Reading & Northern and a few miles owned by Shaffers feed mill. As of this fall the feed mill had a covered hopper that looked to be in service

    Sorry, got off topic AGAIN!
     
  5. mtntrainman

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    I have the Walthers 130' turntable. It's been working great for 8 years.

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  6. BNSF FAN

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    Warping seems to be more common on Cornerstone structures for some reason. I don't have one of these turntables but if the bottom is supposed to be flat, then Charlie has a good idea there.
     
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  7. papahnash

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    My Cornerstone 130 ft. DCC turntable has been on 2 layouts since they first became available. It continues to work well. Any dirt or dust can cause problems. Ballast is the biggest offender.
     

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  8. NtheBasement

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    Motorized Peco on plywood:
     
  9. JMaurer1

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    I like the smaller Peco turntable myself since it has more of a 'small railroad' look to it, but it does make turning those cab forwards and big boys a challenge!
     
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  10. BNSF FAN

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    Has anyone used the Kato unitrack turntable?
     
  11. mtntrainman

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    Richard...
    If you are think of using the Kato Turntable just remember the table is only 6.3" long. Longer locomotives would fit on the turntable since it has a wide 'lip'. The front and rear of the locomotive would hang over the end of the bridge...as long as the axles/wheels all fit on the bridge. :whistle:
     
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  13. jlundy46

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    I have a Kato turntable and it is bullet proof. A little work will make it look more prototypical. You don't need to make a big hole since it sits on top of the foam. Turntable.jpg
     
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  14. Maletrain

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    I see you improved on the control booth. I need to do the same with mine. Is that plastic windowless booth that comes standard on the Kato turntable removable, or did you just build around it?
     
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  15. bigGG1fan

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    I sold mine because the FEF-3, GS-4 and J didn't fit. I was disappointed. Just don't have the room for a wye.

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  16. jlundy46

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    Maletrain,
    The original shack comes off, but there is a component inside it that I had to build the new control booth around.
     
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  17. BNSF FAN

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    Had no idea that the Kato ones were so short. Thanks guys.
     
  18. mtntrainman

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    Always wondered how hard it would be to take those rail adapter pieces out that hang over that really wide pit wall and somehow extend the table on both ends over the lip. I am sure it would lenghten the table enough most steamers would even fit. You know me...always willing to try anything. I love the challenge...:whistle:
     
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  19. jlundy46

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    There may be a way to lengthen the bridge but I'll leave that to someone smarter than me.
     
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  20. mtntrainman

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    About 3 minutes into this video...



    They show the turntable with one of those blank plates removed from the edge. It sure looks like with them all removed...the table itself may be able to be 'extended' on each end. Using regular Unitrack pieces coming off the table would then be possible. Hmmmmmmmmmm:whistle:
     
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