Anton's Trains Turntables

 
  stevene38 Beginner

Location: Near Albury NSW
Hello All,

I am returning to having a home layout after many years of club membership and find myself in the market for a HO turntable. My last turntable was a Fleischmann, an excellent bit of kit and that is my benchmark. Why oh why did I give it away.

I'm looking for reviews or insights on the (90ft) Anton's Trains turntable.

Are they any good, how do they handle DCC, what's the operating mechanism like including the indexing and motor noise, is it easy to add additional roads.

Happy to read whatever you have got as I'm not finding much info online.

Thanks for your help.

Steve

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  a6et Minister for Railways

Hello All,

I am returning to having a home layout after many years of club membership and find myself in the market for a HO turntable. My last turntable was a Fleischmann, an excellent bit of kit and that is my benchmark. Why oh why did I give it away.

I'm looking for reviews or insights on the (90ft) Anton's Trains turntable.

Are they any good, how do they handle DCC, what's the operating mechanism like including the indexing and motor noise, is it easy to add additional roads.

Happy to read whatever you have got as I'm not finding much info online.

Thanks for your help.

Steve
stevene38
My first TT purchase was an Antons 120ft version, reason it was only one that could turn a garratt. Sorriest thing I ever did, the method of alignment consisted of a small drill bit and a bit of paper saying how far apart to drill the holes and, oh! there was a jig that was meant to set the position of where to drill the holes.  In the end without going into the details, I sold it for a fraction of what I paid for it, but glad to see the end of it.

My next TT was a Walthers 90ft version, it looks much like a NSW TT, although I cut the cabin section off and had a cabin and extended entry scratched for it. Walthers now make a full DCC control 90 ft version, its not cheap but they often come on special so worth subscribing to them if you are interested.

I really cannot comment on the Antons TT's after the oversized garratt TT, which Anton thought he could capture the U.S market as well, but certainly not for NSW modellers.
  NSW3802 Junior Train Controller

Hello All,

I am returning to having a home layout after many years of club membership and find myself in the market for a HO turntable. My last turntable was a Fleischmann, an excellent bit of kit and that is my benchmark. Why oh why did I give it away.

I'm looking for reviews or insights on the (90ft) Anton's Trains turntable.

Are they any good, how do they handle DCC, what's the operating mechanism like including the indexing and motor noise, is it easy to add additional roads.

Happy to read whatever you have got as I'm not finding much info online.

Thanks for your help.

Steve
My first TT purchase was an Antons 120ft version, reason it was only one that could turn a garratt. Sorriest thing I ever did, the method of alignment consisted of a small drill bit and a bit of paper saying how far apart to drill the holes and, oh! there was a jig that was meant to set the position of where to drill the holes.  In the end without going into the details, I sold it for a fraction of what I paid for it, but glad to see the end of it.

My next TT was a Walthers 90ft version, it looks much like a NSW TT, although I cut the cabin section off and had a cabin and extended entry scratched for it. Walthers now make a full DCC control 90 ft version, its not cheap but they often come on special so worth subscribing to them if you are interested.

I really cannot comment on the Antons TT's after the oversized garratt TT, which Anton thought he could capture the U.S market as well, but certainly not for NSW modellers.
a6et
If you are happy with a hand operated turntable the Peco one if very good. You just run two wires to the terminals under the base and wire those to the approach track. Drive the loco on, turn it and then run the loco off, no need to change direction.  Because of the split ring pickups there is no need for DCC reversers etc. Peco have now released kits to motorise it as well.

Les
  stevene38 Beginner

Location: Near Albury NSW
Thank you both for your comments. I'll look again at the Walthers and Peco turntables. Decisions, decisions.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
These turntables are expensive but good - from the UK. I have seen one here in melbourne and it works well.


http://www.admturntables.com/

Regards,
David Head
  stevene38 Beginner

Location: Near Albury NSW
Thanks for the link David, watching the programming video was interesting if not a bit tedious. Smile

I appreciate the help provided and its helped me with my decision. I've gone with the Fleischmann again and just ordered one from All Aboard at Mittagong.  Yes very expensive, and while too big for my needs, I have the space available and I think as a package it's worth every cent.  I will 'Australianise' it like my last one and enjoy every moment using it.  

Steve

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