I have zero doubt that those roundhouses were
aiming points for bombing raids (note the very large craters, probably from at
least 1000-lb bombs, if not larger ones dropped by the RAF). The turntables
look very serviceable, which means this might be by the time the allies had
overrun the area or that a lot of cleanup has taken place from the raid that
burned the roundhouse down to the walls.. What info do you have on this recon
I have an interest in WW2 bombing campaigns
almost as strong as my interest in trains. I’ve flown in B-17s, B-24 and other
WW2 bombers over the years and am a life member of the 91st Bomb
Seen the photo of Si before. Wonderd why they build the turntables overlapping. It makes it more complicated to build and to operate. It is more difficult to turn 2 locomotives at the same time, depending on the stalling position.
Just a few metres extra and you can build two seperate turntables, like the one seen in the photo of Jose.
I know a fellow who has something similar, but just one TT. He bashed several enginehouse kits into one humongus HO roundhouse with just 1 track leading to the TT, structure all around with that 1 track sneaking between the big ol' thing. Way too much for this old boy. BTW, he has a loco in every stall and more on the walls..more is less?
That concentric turntable is a shot that pops up every now and then online. I don't understand the value of something like that. Two, side-by-side which can align with one another? Okay, I could see how that might come in handy someday and would allow 2 locos to be moved around at peak hours, but this arrangement simply has me baffled as to whatever advantage it might have had.
I looked online for others like it as I know I've seen photos of this arrangement elsewhere, but couldn't turn up anything.
I did, however, turn up what could be a real funny scene for a layout that I'd never thought of before.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you; the Double Decker Roundhouse!