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    I'm new and would appreciate your help on a project I'm working on. I'm working on locating those RH/Tt sites (also transfer tables) where at least part of one and or the other are still identifiable today. Your knowledge of the Frisco will be a great help in finding their and connecting or shared RR facilities. The biggest thing is exact location for each and the best way to get this is by using latitude/longitude coordinates. I will then search them out via the online mapping sites and mark them with background data. In time (hopefully not to long) I'll be publishing the info so all can use it as a "map" to follow. Thanks in advance for your help. DPRNRRColorado

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    Some of the folks here have scratch built a turntable. Otherwise there is a Frisco type turntable commercially available, Magnum I believe. I can't remember the name. I'll post back up when I find the manufacturer. I'm sure many will post up and there are plenty of pictures here on the board.
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    SABRR - He is actually wanting locations of turntables or transfer tables.

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    Oh. My bad. Won't try to glue stake pockets and respond at the same time again. Sorry 'bout that.
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    BNSF has one in Springfield Mo at the east end of their yard!!

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    The old Fort Smith turntable is operational at Eureka Springs AR on the ex-tourist line there. It's also possible that the Birmingham AL turntable is still in place at its original location. And it might bear checking to see if the Frisco turntable at Fort Worth TX is still in place. It might have been moved to Grapevine as the Tarantula RR turntable there.

    Ken McElreath
    Last edited by kenmc; 10-30-2012 at 08:56 AM. Reason: Updated Information

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    Here's a shot of the Newburg TT in '52. Could be '51. The 4100 mike is being dismantled over on the side.
    Newburg didn't have a bridge, so I guess that means it took power underground. Easier to model. I scratchbuilt mine using Micro Engineering Bridge girders and cutting them to shape.
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    A question for the Newburg people who are on frisco.org ..... is the turntable pit still there, or has it been filled in?

    I recall a Newburg visit one summer in 1983, I think, (with Don Wirth, Joe Collias, Jan Jester & others) when we walked out to the turntable pit through chigger infested weeds (foolish!) to take a look. The pit had several junk items in it, including an old sofa. All the rest of the stuff you can see in Don's pic above was, of course, long gone.

    Ken

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    The Oklahoma City turntable is still in it's pit in the yard but no longer in service. It has been given to the Oklahoma Railroad Museum in Oklahoma City but they currently do not have a place to store or display it so it is still on it's original site.

    John Chambers

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    R1-08178-0017.jpg Here is the Springfield Turntable, about 2 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frisco1522 View Post
    Here's a shot of the Newburg TT in '52. Could be '51.
    Don, what was the building in the background just above the TT girders and to the "left" of the sand tower? Sand house? It looks to be in the right position based on the 1918 map:

    http://www.frisco.org/vb/showthread....3611#post13611

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    Chris Abernathy
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    My guess is the sandhouse since the line runs up to the tower. Probably used lots of sand at Newburg.
    Don Wirth
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    Yup. Thar she blows. Either my eyesight or attention to detail are diminishing with age. Thanks,
    Chris Abernathy
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    (Modeling the Frisco's Northern Division - Kansas City Terminal in HO-Scale c. 1943)

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    As Don noted, I imagine lots of Little Piney rocks & gravel wound up being deposited as sand on both the Rolla Hill and Dixon Hill ROW's!

    K

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