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  • #46
    Since my last post I have taken all the track I put together and placed 1/2" blue foam under it and secured the track to the table. I added the blue foam so there would be a little elevation to the track. I want to be able to allow for low spots in the layout. It all worked out b=very well..

    Ty








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    • #47
      The turnouts From Switckhey are really nice. I bought the weathered rail turnouts. They are werthered with a dark charcoal color rail. Bruce at Switchcrafters said that looks like the rail near where he lives. I just like the rusted look . So I masked off all the turnouts and hit them with a little rust color..






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      • #48
        Wow,

        Its hard to believe that it has been 2 months since my last update. I have been really busy with family stuff and catching up on orders for my plane stuff.

        When I ordered the Spider Bearing from Pacific Coast Garden Railway Supply. I had asked them about there Turntable also. They said they had a 9 month waiting list. So I had planned on doing the work myself.

        Then I was looking through Garden Railway Magazine and found an add for Fall Creek Railroad Structures. I was just needing a turntable and they usually just sell turntable and pit together. I talked them into building just the turntable. It took about 6 weeks but when I got it in i am very pleased.

        I ordered it unstained so I could weather it myself. Here are a couple pic's of the turntable..

        Ty







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        • #49
          Ty, that's a great looking turntable and those switches really look like they have smooth transitions. What # is that long one?
          Frank

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          • #50
            The long one is SwitchCrafter's #6 turnout. They are really nice and work very well so far. http://www.switchcrafters.com/

            They are very reasonable in price to be hand made...

            Ty

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            • #51
              I am trying to get all the track laid so the next thing to go in is the turntable itself. So when I received the turntable it was prewired for me because I am using DCC. It had 2 lead soldered to the rails and cam off the bottom of the turntable but they were to the side. To make the turntable able to fully rotate I needed to get the wires down through the pivot point.

              The Spider bearing had a brass plate with a centering tube all ready in place. Inside it was another tube that ties the turntable and the bearing together. I soldered the tube that ties them together into the brass plate . I then drilled holes into the tube to allow the wires to go in and out the bottom of the tube...




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              • #52
                Ty, go to battery power and leave the wiring to someone else!
                Frank

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                • #53
                  Frank,

                  I really wish I had gone battery power. But I am just Too much invested in Dcc to turn back now. I have a small fortune in decoders installed..

                  Ty

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                  • #54
                    I Have been working on cutting the benchwork for the turntable. I added 1 inch to the diameter to allow for the retaining wall on the inside of the pit. First I marked the area and then cut it out with a skill saw.

                    I then went back and added 2 layers of 3/4" ply to the area...

                    Ty






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                    • #55
                      Ty, I like the idea of having the turntable partially off the layout. It’s a huge space saver and it's easier to get to for those armstrong models.
                      Frank

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                      • #56
                        I got that idea from ya'll at SD. It does save a lot of space. Real estate gets eaten up quickly in this scale...

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                        • #57
                          Next I added the floor. Once floor was in i was able to figure how much I need to raise the turntable to make it level with the rest of the track.








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                          • #58
                            I can't get over how nice that turntable looks.

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                            • #59
                              That is a fine looking turntable.

                              And I also like how it extends from the edge of the layout.

                              Very nicely done.

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                              • #60
                                Very well engineered table.

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