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Date: 01/24/23 15:23
Turntable vs. Transfer Table Technology
Author: LarryDoyle

Just an observation.....

Turntables were (are) always built with a substantial bridge single point, two point, or three point suspension, and a deep pit.

Transfer tables are always built with a centipede bridge and a shallow pit.

-LD
 



Date: 01/24/23 21:41
Re: Turntable vs. Transfer Table Technology
Author: Seventyfive

Transfer tables are quite interesting.  I can recall only three I have seen, those being:
Livingston, Montana on the MRL,
Chicago at the former Rock Island Rocket House,
and in several 1950's Lionel catalogs.
Additions to this brief list will be appreciated.



Date: 01/24/23 22:13
Re: Turntable vs. Transfer Table Technology
Author: railstiesballast

The UP built a new one at West Colton in about 2005, I got a tour of it with AREMA (American Railway Engineering & Maintenance Asso.) in 2006.
I took these of the transfer table without fully understanding it.
One interesting thing is that the tracks do not line up across the pit.  To go from one side to the other the movement must be stopped on the table and the table shifted a few inches before proceeding off to the far side.






Date: 01/24/23 22:28
Re: Turntable vs. Transfer Table Technology
Author: Lurch_in_ABQ

Amtrak Beech Grove transfer table in center of image:
Amtrak Beech Grove Maintenance Facility - Google Maps



Date: 01/25/23 06:40
Re: Turntable vs. Transfer Table Technology
Author: junctiontower

Transco Railcar Repair in Logansport IN has one right up by the street that is easy to see in person, and Orton Crane in Huntington IN has a small one that can be seen from Google satellite view.

Posted from iPhone



Date: 01/25/23 07:11
Re: Turntable vs. Transfer Table Technology
Author: tomd

Harsco Rail has one in Columibia, SC
Google view

Tom Daspit
Morgan Hill, CA
Tom's Trains



Date: 01/25/23 07:33
Re: Turntable vs. Transfer Table Technology
Author: trainjunkie

Santa Fe had a transfer table in San Bernardino back in the day.






Date: 01/25/23 20:58
Re: Turntable vs. Transfer Table Technology
Author: Kimball

S. P. Sacramento Shops - looks like it's still there per Google Maps 2023



Date: 01/25/23 22:36
Re: Turntable vs. Transfer Table Technology
Author: up421

Union Tank Car has a transfer table at their Evanston, WY, tank car repair shop. Visible on Google Earth.



Date: 01/26/23 04:05
Re: Turntable vs. Transfer Table Technology
Author: Urban_Cowboy

Google maps view shows the transfer table at the former Freightcar (Johnstown) America shop complex in Danville, Illinois still exists on the east end of the property.

Note, was fun to see newly constructed railcars being spotted by old Farmall tractors still earning their keep working within the plant.

UC



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