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Walther's turntable RH and cork roadbed

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, December 03, 2001 12:54 AM
Dean,

I just used the cork road bed for around the turntable and for the foundation around the round house. That worked fine. Did you get your motor on the turn table working? I have had a really hard time with that. It either moves very stiff or not at all. I gotta fiddle with it to rotate it and the motor mounting isn't very easy to install either. I also had a problem getting the two leads for the tracks to stay on. They kept shorting out.

Take care,

Todd
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, December 01, 2001 11:31 PM
Forgot to mention another product that might help you out. "Sculptamold" can be poured or troweled into place similar to plaster. I used it for a fairly large parking lot and also for portions of my roundhouse floor. I used a little india ink in the wet mix to get the desired color. Ron H.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, December 01, 2001 11:25 PM
You should be able to find cork on rolls or in sheets at any good home improvement center such as Home Depot, Lowe's etc. It is usually sold by the running foot and should be available in several thicknesses, one of which should be real close to the thickness of your roadbed. It can easily be cut to suit so you can raise the whole area or just portions of it. Ron H.
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Walther's turntable RH and cork roadbed
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, December 01, 2001 7:33 PM
I am finally installing my turntable (it was tricky to locate, due to size, a curved entrance track, etc.) I use cork roadbed, and found that the turntable and roundhouse are set low, as if you were running the track on the plywood. Well, do I put cork under the turntable to raise it, and some around the outside of the roundhouse, or is there some other 1/4" material you would recommend to raise the whole thing? Plywood? Might work, but it's hard to spike the flextrack to. I wonder if I could just taper the cork roadbed down somehow? Then I would be nailing to plywood again, but 1/4" lower. Some of my track mainline runs behind the roundhouse, a spur to the right of it, and I will have 1 or 2 outside "spokes" off the turntable to either side of the roundhouse (at the same level). So, what would be best/look most correct/etc? Homasote is only available in 1/2" 4x8 sheets, otherwise a 1/4" sheet of that would be perfect. Any other sheet material available in 1/4"? The lumber yard says no.
So, maybe a ring of cork to raise the turntable, with plaster to taper it down to board level? Even that may look kinda goofy. My thought is that the area around the TT/RH is pretty flat, covered in ballast uniformly, not built up like a mainline. I could be wrong... This is a widely available turntable, what do you other people do?
Dean

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