Roco Turntable model 35900

Roco Turntable model 35900

Postby CSD » Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:17 pm

The overall appearance of this model is good. The plastic has been air brushed with a metallic finish for a more realistic out of the box look. The control room, however; is lacking interior detail and window glazing.

Bridge track length is 183 mm. Outside diameter is 257 mm.

It comes with 6 track sections that can be interchanged with blank sections for desired configurations by pushing in a tab and lifting upwards. Additional track sections are available separately.

The controller is to be fed from an 18VAC source. It controls the direction in which the table will turn and selects which track is to be powered. Manual operation is possible by using the toggle on the side of the bridge. It will automatically line up with the next section if set up properly.

Basic operation: It is intended by the manufacturer that the polarity on the bridge tracks stays constant and feeds the sidings. Which sidings get fed is decided by the position selected on the controller so that only one lead, in line with the bridge tracks, will be powered at a time. The problem with this turntable is that the track polarity is not automatically reversing. This can create short circuits if not aligned correctly or properly isolated. Additionally, the isolating gaps on the bridge tracks could be closer to the ends as longer locomotives could cause the same problems.

Instructions have many pictures and are in many languages, but could be more descriptive and include a circuit diagram.

It is possible to make the polarity auto reversing, but requires knowledge of electrical circuitry, soldering skills and craftsman skills as the task requires heavy modification.
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Re: Roco Turntable model 35900

Postby CSD » Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:19 pm

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Re: Roco Turntable model 35900

Postby Arseny » Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:58 pm

I've got it today. Very nice turntable.

It can take BR.01 or BR.44, but can not take long American locomotives, like Mountain.
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Re: Roco Turntable model 35900

Postby dileTTante » Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:06 pm

The photos I have seen of turntables in Germany show plates at the ends of the tracks. Apparently the ends of the rotating track lock into the plates. There are some plates molded into the Roco turntable, but they don't have right angle face with slot. Is it okay? Or is it missing important detail?
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Re: Roco Turntable model 35900

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:41 pm

You could probably make those plates very easily out of styrene and add them to the turntable?
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Re: Roco Turntable model 35900

Postby Arseny » Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:19 am

Old Finnish turntable near Saint-Petersburg (former Finnish city Rautu, now Sosnovo)
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Re: Roco Turntable model 35900

Postby Christtking » Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:06 pm

This turntable is the old one manufactured by Fleischmann. How much does it cost nowadays? In 2000 I purchased one (brand new) for 350 DM (after the VAT) I paid about 150 US$. I'm thinking now is about 350 EUROS.
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Re: Roco Turntable model 35900

Postby MacG » Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:35 pm

@Arseny: the BR01 and similar doesn't fit.

@dileTTante: not every turntable has this detail. At the Roco model are the plates under the cobblestones (at the original).
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Re: Roco Turntable model 35900

Postby Arseny » Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:19 pm

MacG wrote:@Arseny: the BR01 and similar doesn't fit.


I tested it. It can take BR01, but only few millimeters remains beyond the wheels...
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Re: Roco Turntable model 35900

Postby MacG » Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:12 pm

Really, it was its length a ground to buy no BR01.
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