Turntable Recs

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by kchronister, Nov 9, 2004.

  1. kchronister

    kchronister Member

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    Folks, does anyone care to recommend a source/brand for a turntable? I've looked about and just keep finding the Atlas, which is highly unrealistic. I've seen several articles about kitbashing it into a more accurate turntable, but would prefer to find something off the shelf...

    Thanks,

    Kris
  2. DeaconF

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    Walthers

    I don't know what your budget is, however if it is limited take a look a Wathers HO turntable. I have had one on my layout for about 3 or 4 years now. It is not engineered vary well but I can still use it. The motor turns the table about 30% of the time and power goes to the track about the same ratio. For the money it is the best I have seen. Frank
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  4. kchronister

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    Deacon -

    Thanks for the info... I did look at it, and one thing that wasn't clear is if it's indexed -- to me that's a requirement.

    Overall, while I don't have a money tree in my back yard, I'd rather save my pennies and pay a bit more for something more robust than get it sooner/cheaper but it only works 1 out of 3 shots... So while a cost-effective solution is going to find me all ears, I'm open to things that cost a few dollars as well -- if they back up the cost with reliability.

    Kris
  5. DeaconF

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    money

    I hear ya. the Walters unit will give you a little frustration and it is not indexed. Go for the gusto you will be happier. Keep in mind size. mine is now too small for my larger engines. I have to put them straight through to go into a round house. Frank
  6. kchronister

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    But my wife always says size doesn't matter... :)

    I'll keep seeking out "the right one"...

    Kris
  7. DeaconF

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    mine too

    Yours and Mine too. I think they all went to school together. Good luck on your search. Frank
  8. Gary Pfeil

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    Kris, I haven't yet built one but years ago I bought a 90' Diamnond Scale Models turntable kit. I'm only just getting to the point where I will be ready to build it. However, I developed a liking for larger steam and now the 90 footer just ain't gonna cut it. The kit by the way does look a bit daunting. You need to glue the pit rail to nicely cast plaster pit ties. I think this would be the hardest part of the assy. One person I know managed to wind up with a vertical bump in one place and broke the plaster ties when he tried to correct it.

    Anyway, I just bought a 105' turntable, which will just fit my Erie Berkshire. It is made by CMR and it just arrived yesterday. It consists mostly of laser cut acrylic parts. A quick read thru the instructions has me feeling pretty confident I'll be able to build it so it works. Cost is $145. It does not include indexing but they do sell two motorizing kits which include indexing. Check out the web site.

    http://www.cmrtrain.com/
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    Kris,

    If you've got good slow-speed motor control and can see your turntable you don't need indexing (like the real thing). DCC or a decent power pack will give you good slow-speed control.
  10. kchronister

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    I was just watching a video of a turntable in action on the site Gary suggested and reaching that same conclusion myself.
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  12. lester perry

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    I have a Helgan powered turntable. It works very well but must use extreme caution when assembling. I wish it was longer as I have aquired some rather large locos since I put this in (H8 & T1). Most other locos will fit though. I looked in my Walthers book and found it as manual turntable. 322-804. As I said mine is powered and came with the motor many years ago. It is not indexed. Here is pic it is in look to the right.

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  13. jwcii

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    www.aaaturntables.com They have high grade standards and make on big enough for a "Big Boy". Pricey, but worth the money. Good luck.:)
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    Go Hornby!!

    I got a motorised Hornby turntable yesterday for £45, and it is indexed electrically and physically - it waited at every output for 'pausing time'. The only problem is that it looks crap when you don't use all the outputs, so I think some plasticard would do the trick??

    George
  15. lester perry

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    Go to Photography Scenery & books forum to see a better pic of Helgan turntable in action. I am very satisfied with it.
    Les
  16. ChadYelland

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    Hi all, this is my first post. I have an Atlas turntable, that seems to work very well but like others have said its not very realistic, but i like the indexing and plan on motorising is soon, but I have recently bought a very nice Hudson loco with vanderbuilt tender that is much too long for it. what if a person was to use an Atlas turntable for the bottom of the pit and build the deck and a pit wall ontop of it of the desired size? just useing the Atlas for the movement and power transmission?? any thoughts?
  17. kchronister

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    Many, many people do exactly that. I don't recall any offhand, but I get if you Google a few relevant phrases, you'll find sites describing/showing how to do it.
  18. krokodil

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    Fleischmann makes a good and indexed turntable. It works quite well and is simple in operation. Unfortunately is not very cheap....
  19. Precision RR

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    Precision RR has a turntable option to show in the Buy Sell and Trade forum.
  20. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

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    Hi Eric,
    You prolly have great stuff, but when you come in the house, at least wipe your feet!
    (and read the posting rules)