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Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by RonP, Apr 8, 2008.
Your project is coming along nicely. I like what you are doing, keep the pictures coming.
Great Job and very good eye for detail.Hurry with some more pics.
I like it that you are adding character. If any of the buildings really look out of place after it is completed (the water tower specifically), you can always move them to elsewhere on your layout. Your skills have progressed well in the past year.
As for the turntable, it really isn't that big. You'll be able to fit the S-1 on that TT! 90' was a common size, it would hold Van Swearigan Berks. 100' was also common. 110' too. I believe the C&O would fit 2-6-6-6s onto 115' TT by the addition of a device that lifted the last tender axle. It is always better to have too large than not large enough...speaking from experience! You'll be able to turn a medium sized locomotive with an auxillery tender using that TT.
This is a Diamond scale 134' TT. I am just about ready to tackle the decking and fence.
Hi Ron.Let me ask you a question . Is 134' the largest length of turn table that Diamond scale makes.I would really like to see your finished model .I'm thinking about doing on a round house ( Modern ) module and I run large locos Dash 8s , DDX ,80 and 90 Macs so I will need a large TT
Yes 134' is the largest, Big enough for a big boy.
134' is plenty long enough for any of those...it can handle an 18" wheelbase locomotive. The DDA40X, the longest of all diesels, fits on a 90' turntable...which was a very common medium sized TT. Cheyenne, I do believe, is 120'...for the Big Boys.
In my previous post, I mentioned that Ron can fit a medium-large sized locomotive and an auxillery tender on his TT...here is what I meant by that:
NKP 765 & tender have a wheel base of 88'. An auxiliary tender would add about 44'. That requires a 132' TT. This is huge because there are water lines that need to be connected between the tenders. That, or having doubledeaded small-medium locomotives on the TT (I recall a picture of a pair of 3' 2-8-0s of the C&S on the CB&Q's Denver TT...120', IIRC). That is the principle functional benefit to a TT beyond 120'...unless you plan on running the S-1...with its 123'9" WB...the longest of any steam locomotive or diesel...don't know the length of the turbines...
I just completed the decking and should have pictures by tomorrow.:thumb:
This is why auxiliary tenders are usually disconnected to turn a loco.
Looks like I am going to have to look for big steam soon to test the table out with style.
The January 09 issue of RMC has a great article about a "new" diesel shop at Marion on the Erie. The story of the facility should give you a lot of ideas for the future. Some great pictures of inside the shop.
Yes. But, in experience from growing around people whom did that...it is nice when the TT is long enough that you don't have to do so. Auxiliary tenders and tool cars are frequently uni-directional. Very few railroads actually used aux tenders and even fewer carried around tool cars, so this is more of an excursionist dilemma.
Thanks for the heads up, I'll pick it up this week.
Ok I got around to taking some pictures of the table in place.
I will be replacing the tower for sure.