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Like many of my middle school students, our Park Day Railway is in the midst of a growth spurt.
Last year, with the help of many of you on this forum, we developed a suitable track plan for the agricultural community of Day at the terminus of the branch.
Yesterday we were ready to test fit the Walthers 90’ motorized turntable (plug and play, what a godsend, I’m a wimp) into the opening we’d prepared in the homosote/plywood sandwich deck.
After a few minor adjustments it dropped in nice and snug without any binding, so we decided to power it up and see how it moves. We cleaned the contacts, vacuumed out the pit, and dropped the bridge into place.
The turntable uses accessory power, not track power, so we needed a transformer. I vaguely remembered that I had a few in my stash but I wasn’t prepared for the walk down memory lane that this relic provoked. On my very first layout back in the early 60s we added HO slot cars that were specifically intended for model railroads, and this thing has been with me ever since.
Out of curiosity I went looking for other pieces from this line of gear and sure enough there’s a group that still keeps the equipment alive:
The transformer seems to work just fine and the power switch is a nice convenience. The turntable came to life and the indexing works perfectly.
This article first appeared on model-railroad-hobbyist.com
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