Turntable as part of the classification yard

rva1945 Jul 30, 2018

  1. rva1945

    rva1945 TrainBoard Member

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    Hi:

    I know the answer: "well, it is your layout", but I want to know if this (attached image) makes sense: the turntable as part of the classification yard. Not my design, I found it surfing the web but I find it very interesting. I am still searching for a design for my 280x80cm additional section that I want to add to my H0 layout.

    Thanks, Robert.
     

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  2. warnerj01

    warnerj01 TrainBoard Member

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    I like it. If I did this on my own layout, I think I would add a roundhouse or stub tracks around the Turn table for Loco storage.
     
  3. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    I've never seen this arrangement on the prototype and because of that, it looks a bit strange to me. No doubt this was in place somewhere though. If I were the Chief Operating Officer, I'd be awake most nights knowing that if the turntable failed or an engine dropped into the pit, my entire yard would be shut down with no way to run around arriving trains. :cautious:

    But yes, it's your railroad and if it works for you, go with it.
     
  4. TwinDad

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  5. warnerj01

    warnerj01 TrainBoard Member

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    Looks like they replaced the turntable with a Transfer Table. Surprisingly this was my other thought for the layout design
     
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  6. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    Neat that you have the before and after images! They probably found that the turntable was a bad idea. <g>
     
  7. warnerj01

    warnerj01 TrainBoard Member

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    From looking at the image. When they replaced the turntable with a transfer table, it appears that they were able to extend each track allowing more cars per track.
     
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  8. wcfn100

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    But the example in Kimball is a car repair facility not a classification yard. The turntable doesn't really serve a purpose in a classification yard.

    Jason
     
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  9. RBMNfan

    RBMNfan New Member

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    That’s not a visible yard the file name tells you that this is a staging yard. The cassette track system confirms this usage. It is a more compact arrangement than seen in prototype yards.


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  10. acptulsa

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    Works like a charm. Just as long as you like being limited to switching strings exactly one freight car long.

    In a repair facility, that doesn't slow things down a bit. In a classification yard, on the other hand, it'll add up to hours and hours and hours and hours of switching fun!
     
  11. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    There truly is a prototype for everything.

    If you like how it looks go for it!
     
  12. k-59

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    This. The train arrives on one of the staging tracks then the locomotive is uncoupled from its train and goes onto the turn table. The turn table is spun around so the locomotive is facing the other way and lined for the loco escape track, allowing the locomotive to go to the yard lead then back onto the other end of its train and be ready for another trip. No classification takes places.
     
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