I found a reason for a turntable: maybe?

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February 20, 2013 2:29 PM

 I've seen turntables still in use. I saw the one in Steamtown for ex. I try to model just modern stuff. I've seen Altoona shop pics also and they've stayed w/ me. I've modeled my CSX Selkirk engine fueling shed. I thought about a factory by either EMD or GE. I'm now considering trying to capture the shops at Altoona.

http://www.altoonaworks.info/p...rs/jbs/070421_25.jpg

 Has anyone modeled this??? Looks like a lot of real estate for O gauge???

 
 
 
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February 20, 2013 2:54 PM

You will probably need a 1000 square foot room to PROPERLY model The Altoona Works, in O Scale!

 
 
 
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February 20, 2013 4:07 PM

Interesting use of a turntable.  Here is a link to a webpage that has a small map of the entire complex.

 

http://www.altoonaworks.info/graphics/jbs_2011.png

 
 
 
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February 20, 2013 4:25 PM

Joe if you are interested in a smaller example of modern turntable use check out CSX's Willard Ohio terminal. They have a pretty neat setup.
 
 
 
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February 20, 2013 4:32 PM

JOE ARE YOU GOING TO BUY 3 tt OR FIND SOME TO MAKE ONE FOR 3r, 2r and G?

 

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February 20, 2013 4:55 PM

Joe,

 

The BNSF yard in Sheridan WY has a turntable that is used often.  You don't have to model a huge backshop to justify one.

 

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February 20, 2013 5:43 PM

you might want to take a look and Conway yard for NS.  Active turntable with engine facility and a whole let less room than Altoona.  For a whole different approach try the Western Maryland Scenic RR.  I can't remember the name at the end of the line but they still use  turntable there to spin the steamer before runs around the train for the return trip.

 
 
 
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February 20, 2013 6:38 PM

Originally Posted by Popsrr:

JOE ARE YOU GOING TO BUY 3 tt OR FIND SOME TO MAKE ONE FOR 3r, 2r and G?


 Well, I could fake it and have one O gauge do both.

The G is another story. What about my HO and soon to be S scale???? Might be enough to make me hold out.

 Oh yeah, I want Lionel to release that coal tipple, and then I need one in G scale!!!

 
 
 
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February 20, 2013 7:07 PM

 Can't find a pic of the turntable at the BNSF yard in Sheridan??

http://www.rail-videos.net/video/view.php?id=11177

Ooops.

 
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February 20, 2013 7:14 PM

the link has a satelite view of the turntable to the north a bit:

http://web2.userinstinct.com/3...inal-trainmaster.htm

Willard, Ohio that is

 
 
 
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February 20, 2013 7:16 PM

 Maybe just the front building in Altoona against a wall??

http://www.altoonaworks.info/graphics/jbs_2011.png

nice map!

 
 
 
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February 20, 2013 7:44 PM

The Altoona shops are really nice, but are there pictures or plans of smaller repair shops and/or diesel storage buildings?  I see a lot of CSX and NS in central NJ, I'm thinking there should be smaller storage buildings and shops in the northeast region.  The space needed for the Altoona plans maybe a stretch for some of us.

 
 
 
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February 20, 2013 11:37 PM

Originally Posted by Hot Water:

You will probably need a 1000 square foot room to PROPERLY model The Altoona Works, in O Scale!

You would be amazed what you can accomplish with selective compression and some serious lying!

 

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February 21, 2013 4:59 AM

CSX's Radnor Yard in Nashville TN still has an active turntable and roundhouse.

 

https://maps.google.com/?ll=36.091906,-86.752596&spn=0.00427,0.004119&t=h&deg=90&z=18

 

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February 21, 2013 8:45 AM

Joe, works for me. It's your RR do what ever makes you happy. I plan to model a somewhat similar scene from the NYC but there's no way I could model the entire building inch for inch. I plan to selectively compress it and can capture the look and feel of it with less stalls.

 

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February 21, 2013 12:28 PM

Originally Posted by Wowak:

CSX's Radnor Yard in Nashville TN still has an active turntable and roundhouse.

 

https://maps.google.com/?ll=36.091906,-86.752596&spn=0.00427,0.004119&t=h&deg=90&z=18

 Wow, that is quite a yard!

 
 
 
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February 21, 2013 12:32 PM

Originally Posted by ChipR:

Joe,

 

The BNSF yard in Sheridan WY has a turntable that is used often.  You don't have to model a huge backshop to justify one.

 

ChipR

 Almost by fate, I turn on the TV and there's a show about the working's of steam engines and their history. They go on to talk about the major RRs use of steam and showed UP's former, and now current steam program in Wyoming.

 It was a great program. It showed Winston's pics of the fading steam era. It showed how the N&W kept running steam to pull coal trains. I missed the first half.

 "trains unlimited"

 
 
 
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February 22, 2013 10:35 AM

Dear Sir,

 

The DM&E / SOO Line still has one.. The Southern RR Spencer Shops museum still has

one working too. That is a neat place..

 

Also, I have a AAA table I can part with.. 


Dan

 
 
 
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February 23, 2013 5:29 AM

Thats the great thing Joe, you can model what you like and in your own way.  I have chosen to incorporate Shaffers crossing into my layout....now that is gonna be some work...especially getting the new found real estate past the mrs.........

 

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February 25, 2013 9:15 PM

Joe,

 

I will be able to hook you up with the transfer table and turntable shortly for your idea here.

 

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February 25, 2013 9:50 PM

 Oooh, a transfer table like they have at the GE Erie plant! Hmmmmmm.

 
 
 
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February 25, 2013 11:09 PM

Originally Posted by Enginear-Joe:

 Oooh, a transfer table like they have at the GE Erie plant! Hmmmmmm.

Here's a new C30-7 coming off the transfer table at Erie in 1981. Rails into buildings on both sides of the transfer table, erection shop on one side, test facilities on the other side.

Google satellite view

 

Erie Works-10

 

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February 26, 2013 12:51 AM

Do you guys have any experience with the Atlas turntables? How well do they work? Easy to install?

 

Thanks.

 
 
 
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February 26, 2013 7:47 AM

 Wow Ace, what a great overview that provides. I did not know there were 2 transfer tables. I did not know it was so big of an area of buildings!!

 Again, I would have to do just a compressed model at best.

 
 
 
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February 26, 2013 8:58 AM

Rail Dawg you need to read what GROMET has to say in this link

http://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/d.../lastReply#lastReply

 

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February 26, 2013 9:17 AM

Originally Posted by Popsrr:

Rail Dawg you need to read what GROMET has to say in this link

http://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/d.../lastReply#lastReply

 

 

Will do. Thanks Pops.

 
 
 
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February 26, 2013 5:05 PM

Originally Posted by Popsrr:

Rail Dawg you need to read what GROMET has to say in this link

http://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/d.../lastReply#lastReply

 

 

OK how does one go about getting a 34" Millhouse Turntable?

 

Very nice.

 
 
 
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February 26, 2013 5:13 PM

 Here's Al's site:

http://www.studiozphoto.com/Millhouse.html

it has his email listed on the page.

 
 
 
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February 26, 2013 8:04 PM

Class Z coming off the turntable. This 2-6-6-2  Mallet is the largest I'll ever have so the 24" Millhouse turntable worked out well.

 

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February 26, 2013 8:07 PM

Not my pix, but my old home town still has an active turntable. Back in the day (late 60's) I used to ride my bike down there and was allowed to crawl all over it.

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/d...4630076851/lightbox/

 

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February 26, 2013 11:10 PM

Ouch 1500 bucks for the Millhouse. I'll bet it's super nice...

 

Now tell me what you all think of the Atlas turntables?

 

Thanks!

 
 
 
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February 26, 2013 11:17 PM

This is my new turntable, and it is 2 rail. Not in the same league as the others, but works for me

 

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February 27, 2013 12:18 AM

I don't know how active it is any longer, but there is a transfer table at the old shop buildings in Livingston, Montana.  And a turntable too.  Buildings down both sides of the transfer table.  This is the old Northern Pacific facility now owned by the MRL.  It was pretty quiet when I was there, but then I have of a way of not finding active trains when I go looking for them.  Everyone else that doesn't care, like my sister or girlfriend, sees them all the time. 

 

Btw Joe, if you like sd70ace's (and I know you do), they look good in MRL black and blue heading up the hill to Bozeman pass.

 

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February 27, 2013 8:17 AM

Originally Posted by big train:

 

Btw Joe, if you like sd70ace's (and I know you do), they look good in MRL black and blue heading up the hill to Bozeman pass.

 

Jim

 Yeap. I told myself I can't have them all. Maybe just a few more???

 
 
 
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February 27, 2013 9:11 AM

Originally Posted by Rail Dawg:

Ouch 1500 bucks for the Millhouse. I'll bet it's super nice...

 

Now tell me what you all think of the Atlas turntables?

 

Plastic, 24" max, no pit... An OK budget turntable.

 

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February 27, 2013 9:20 AM

Diamond Scale is still around.  There are parts available, you can fabricate one, as I did several years ago.  Surprisingly, a well built TT, even doing the work yourself is some cash.  Here is a link to a slideshow of the build photos 

Best wishes on your project.

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February 27, 2013 10:19 AM

Engineer Joe,

 

I have a 33" AAA table for sale for a grand. If you are interested. Works swell. getting rid of it because I bought a smaller one from Ross. 18". My modeling trend changed from main line

rail to branch line switching.. so got rid of the big power. the AAA table was never used! I had tried it to see it spin. That is it. 

 

dan.bigda@boxcarservices.com

 

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February 27, 2013 9:11 PM

Originally Posted by Enginear-Joe:
Maybe just a few more???

I don't know, I may not be the best person to ask.  You might want to speak with the Mrs. about it?  Although I'm almost guaranteed to say yes.

 
 
 
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