Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HO Scale Turntable

One of the greatest ways to add flexibility to your growing model layout is adding a turntable. This railyard necessity makes it possible to run multiple trains on even a fairly small layout and makes a large layout manageable without curves that do nothing but help turn your trains around.

Walthers, Atlas, and Diamond Scale lead the HO turntable market in variety of materials as well as configuration. (Diamond Scale produces many pit and turntable assemblies in basswood.) From branch-style arrangements to full-radius track access, turntables let you make maximum use of anywhere from two to 20 tracks.

Examine turntable control systems as part of your research. Precise controls are, after all, your best insurance against collision. Several options, from simple to complex, help you manage traffic; some systems will warn you when you're literally on the wrong track. Roundhouse optional - it's fun to get running the turntable under your belt before you enclose it.