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I recently scrapped my Hornby turntable and bought from Walthers in the USA an Atlas Turntable and motorised drive. The turntable is only 9" so I had to adapt it to 11.75". I used a piece of Hornby track cut to 11.75" and a length of sleepers the same size.These were stuck on to the turntable and the sides fitted with plastic latice from my model shop. I then mounted the turntable by cutting the baseboard out and thus achieving an almost flush transfer. The turntable is very accurate and can have 21 positions which need wiring up as per the instructions. I had a problem with the motor which belt drives the turntable and contacted Walthers about it and they sent me a replacement free of charge. Their customer service is excellent and a standard that ought to be matched elsewhere.The total cost of the turntable was £47 including postage from the USA and Walthers have been extremely helpful with my problems. They do not want the old motor drive back as the belt alignment was faulty so I now have a few spares too for the price. I have used 9 positions so far but space prevents me from building a full roundhouse but the space the turntable has given me on my layout is very usefull.
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Hi Patrick

Sounds like a good conversion , how about posting a few photo's to show your work

Regards

Zmil
If you follow this link it will show you the result. It is a lot tidier now and the camera shows up the imperfections brilliantly. The turntable is still working and has 10 storage roads off it. I would not hesitate to recommmend this product.
http://photosbypatrick.photos.de.com/
Hi Patrick, just been loking at the Atlas T/T on Walthers' site...... Atlas Turntable

It mentions that the "Geneva movement locks table in exact position every time"

How does that work ?

Cheers,

Bang Road.
QUOTE (Bang Road @ 6 May 2009, 07:49) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Patrick, just been loking at the Atlas T/T on Walthers' site...... Atlas Turntable

It mentions that the "Geneva movement locks table in exact position every time"

How does that work ?

Cheers,

Bang Road.

It means that the turntable stops in the precise position every time. There are up to 20 roads off the turntable and I use 10 at present. The Geneva movement is a precision movement, as the name suggests, and it does not rely on clips etc to align the tracks. The modification to extend it did not take long and I intend to replace the bridge sides with something better when I can find it. I think for what it costs it is excellent value and leaves loads of room if you engines were stored in sidings. My A4,A3 and A1 all fit on the turntable now with a bit of manoevering. It is easy to wire up although it reverses polarity when in motion hence the need to wire each road seperately. I cut the hole out of my board to fit mine but it is not necessary but saves time when aligning the roads off it. Walthers send a wiring diagram with it which is easy to follow and their customer care is second to none as I said in the original thread.
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