Bulding your own turntable?

Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby 1 tt guy » Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:02 pm

What if you used pieces of rail ties along the rail? Cut them to 1,2,3mm (or whatever you need) length outside the rail. You can use the ties for spacers between the rail and the wall and also to glue the whole thing to the floor (file them down depending on how far off the floor you need to be).
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:28 pm

I have given some thought to slicing a section of N scale flex track the long way, and gluing it to the turntable (by the ties) and going that way with it.

That will be put on hold, as I am going on vacation next tomorrow, and will be out of the state of connecticut (Woo-hoo!) for the next 2 weeks.
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby jmass » Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:56 pm

enjoy your vacation!
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:51 pm

I will! Any time out of connecticut is a good time. I am going to do a lot of railfanning, and such. That and pick up the passenger coaches that ConducTTor is selling in person.

The first stop we are going to make is Horseshoe Curve, in Altoona, PA. From there, we have plans to see at least 3 other rail museums, as long as my painkillers can support. If I start blacking out from the pain, all activity will have to stop.

See everyone at the end of the month!
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:03 pm

Pics of the horseshoe please :wave:
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:33 pm

So far I have been to 4 museums that have turntables, so I have been taking lots of reference photos.

Yes, I have lots of photos and a video at the Horse Shoe Curve.

I will need to try to shrink the photos to post here. I am not sure about the video segment of a train going around the curve. I know I will have to edit the audio, as I blew out the hernia on the left side of my groin while filming.

I also have photos of "Zeke" my Zeuke Class 81 0-8-0 at the Curve as well. I will post those as well.
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:32 pm

Well, I think I need to re-design the turntable bridge.

It is too tall for the intended application, and I do not feel like trying to add shims to the tracks leading to and from the table.
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:35 pm

Yeah, do it right from the get go. Adding shims would look stupid.
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:46 pm

Agreed. Shims are not as stupid as connecticut. Well at least shims only look stupid.......
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:52 pm

I think I will have to make a "module" for the turntable, so I can get a better feel for how it will fit into the layout, this will also give me a chance to start laying out plans for a roundhouse as well. I just need to decide what prototype to follow for the roundhouse (American or European)
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