Will it fly high like a bird up in the sky?
I sure hope not*
In this 3rd wave lockdown I seem to have the attention span of a squirrel, running all over the place with no rhyme or reason. I've been thinking about track plans, and have been wondering about adding a small streetcar turntable to the layout. Having temporarily lost my motivation to install a roof on the HQ model, I thought I'd see what was around the workshop that I could use to build a simple, manual turntable.
I've got a build, I ain't got no steps, no.
I'm gonna let the components move me around.So, I got started by searching the internet and old magazines for ideas, as well as looking through my parts stash. I'm not saying that what I settled on is the best, but it seemed workable with what I had on hand and my current temperament.
Some design considerations in no particular order:
1. I had a cheap Lazy Susan bearing from 30 or so years ago that I was keeping around to use 'one day'. 'One day' arrived last week. Its square metal base measures 4" on each side.
2. All the turntable has to do is rotate a streetcar 180 degrees. There's no track indexing or massive roundhouse to be serviced.
3. I'm perfectly happy with it being powered by pushing it either by finger or stick. Motorization isn't needed. Cheap and cheerful is the name of the game.
4. Its track has to fit streetcars with the longest wheelbase in my fleet, which are PCCs. The body can overhang the turntable.
|Soldering the plug to the rail.|
I don't have any photos of the struggle to align the two plugs, but basically once the plates were epoxied to the bearing, I pushed and persuaded the joined plugs until the turntable seemed to rotate back-and-forth without much friction. The bottom plug was then epoxied into place along with 2 torsion supports cut from 0.080" styrene.