Atlas Turntable??

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by jmarksbery, Jun 22, 2004.

  1. racedirector

    racedirector Member

    Does anyone know where I can get a copy of the Malcom Furlow article? I will be building 2 turntables (11"/80' HO) for my RR and any articles on the subject would be more than helpful.

  2. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    It's in the San Juan Central series, done in eraly 1984 Model Railroader. The entire series has since been colected in a book called 'HO Narrow Guage Railroad You Can Build' I think it is still available.
  3. Chessie1973

    Chessie1973 Member

    Wel the guardrails look like they would be there to keep the loco from crashign through what appears to be a wodden deck on that turntable.

    Somehow I doubt that the wood would stop that diesel from falling into the put below the wood.

    Great job on the turntable. I really like all the little dtails and odd bits left lying around on it.
  4. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    I don't know, 1 inch pipe and 2X12's can support a lot of weight. :D :D :D LOL Looks great Jim. :thumb: Fred
  5. Bill Stone

    Bill Stone Member

    I read somewhere (can't remember where) that at one time the full-deck turntable was NOT all that uncommon. Some apparently to keep the snow out (as Glen said) but also some, probably in busy engine terminals, were to keep people from falling in. I don't know whether a full deck with a gallows on top is prototypical or not --- I do think I remember seeing a photo of one --- but since the gallows was one of several ways to support the turntable, I imagine that there could have been some, particularly in the 19th century.

    The Atlas TT's mechanism is so foolproof and inexpensive that I think it is well worth using as a basis for constructing a TT of any sort, whether a full-deck or a pit type (a year or so ago, either MRR or RMC had an article showing how to make a pit TT from an Atlas.) The old Atlas TT only had stops every 30 degrees, and that wasn't all that great, but the new ones have 15 degree positions, and that's not bad at all.


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