There are several option here:
In the Walthers catalog are several European turntables - somewhat pricy
though. More reasonable in cost are these:
* Atlas - about 100", but is 'above' ground(can be had with a motorizing
* Peco - 80' turntable(will just hold a Kato 2-8-2)
* L A Model Products(Peco turntable assembled/motorized) - BLW has this
on thier web site
* CMR - 90-135'' kit(expensive) - motorizing/indexing available.
The Atlas works great, is self indexing, and matches up with thier own
roundhouse. The Peco is the 'sleeper' - it looks good, and is quite
inexpensive. The Walthers/Heljan turntable is a real piece of junk -
you will need to rebuild it to get it to run with any reliability. I
have not seen the L A Model Products, but the BLW review sounds good.
I have seen the CMR kits assembled - look great, but not sure how much
work is needed to assemble the units. Here are some web sites:
Hope this helps with your selection!
Do you actually need the turntable indexing?
If you use one of the adjustable motor/gear combinations eg Micro
Mark's you could use a regular throttle and the good old US standard
I once saw a P4 (4mm exact scale) layout using prototypes from the
1830s and 1840s (Mike Sharman's Bogsworth Junction, in England), and
he used the same throttle for the trains and turntable, switching
between the two.
I don't know how much practice it took, but he lined the tracks up OK
each time. If he overshot slightly he just backed up to get it right.
Hey jef check this out - A Walthers turntable for looks with
an Atlas turntable underneath for drive & indexing:
Hop that helps,
Design Services Company
Polytechforum.com is a website by engineers for engineers. It is not affiliated with any of manufacturers or vendors discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.