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First photo shows trackwork leading to tippler bay in the distance:





The rotary tippler:









Very unusual, a 90 deg turntable access to a tippler, the only one I've ever seen like this:









Trackwork leading to another tippler:






Photographed by me at the former Floristella Mine, Sicilia, Italia in 1965.

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I posted some pictures of a small turntable like that some time ago. You can view them in my gallery.

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I have seen something like that on a layout somewhere...sometime...in the dim, dusty past.

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Very cool stuff, thanks for posting it!

I've seen mini-turntables like that used inside some old mines.

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The English loved those little turntables in industrial settings.


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The French even more so, besides the Decauville lines almost all meter gauge lines delivered freight by putting a wagon on a turntable on the loop line, then turning it by 90 degrees and pushing it off by hand onto a short track where it be unloaded.

Here is a fascinating example of the most primitive form of turntable - simple a flat metal plate ou spun the wagons wheels round on .

http://derelicta.pagesperso-orange.fr/chapdarb1.htm

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"Skid Plates", or non-revolving steel plates to skid a mine tram round from one line to another were also used in some UK mines many years ago. I don't think I've got a suitable photo. The Floristella Mine track gauge was 500 mm or about 19.75"; photo taken 2005, not 1965 !.

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I think I remember a layout which used a tiny turntable as well. However, it wasn't on this site. Anyone remember the SAP line by Carl Arendt? I believe his small layout used a turntable to turn a car 90 degrees and then is pushed into the layout's one building to be loaded or unloaded with supplies and syrup...

Or that was I-Hop, I can't remember; I'll have to go back through carendt.com to find the article.

One thing I do remember, is that on several of the scrapbook issues, there was one modeler from Minnesota, Ian Holmes, who often used turntables on his layout. I saw him operating a train layout at a show once, unfortunately no turntable action on that layout (It was the 7 day model railroad).

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Tom,

Those are very primitive turnouts as well. The page didn't translate for me like it usually does, did they way what kind of power moved the cars? Motor, man, mule...?

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Those unfortunate little cars got pushed around by the human staff, I'm afraid.
The text explicitely even speaks of 'elbow grease' and most notably, this installation dates back to pre-Decauville days. The gauge is/was 50cm

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jtrain wrote: Tom,

Those are very primitive turnouts as well. The page didn't translate for me like it usually does, did they way what kind of power moved the cars? Motor, man, mule...?

--James:java:

Hello James,  (back home now ??)

Standard gauge UK motive power was usually a horse. Hydraulic water power was often used at larger yards to power shunting capstans; a rope direct from the wagon with several turns over the appropriate direction capstan.

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