The bridge deck just after bracing is applied.


70' Turntable

The Victorian Railways utilised larger, 70' turntables as standard for most locomotive depots and outlying depots in smaller country regions, along with termini of lines that supported heavy traffic. An exception is the 85' turntable built at Ararat, which was to be the new standard.

There were various designs of 70' turntables, with automatic tables used at big depots like Wodonga and Seymour, while the traditional rocker type was more widespread.

After building a convincing prototype model of a 53' table, it was decided to replicate the 70' table also.

Virtually the same design and construction principles applied for this table as the 53' table. Styrene construction, a 'power reversal' box for alternating the current upon 180° rotation located where the pivot should be. The table and weight of load is supported by four balance wheels at each end of the table.

Newly painted turntable with the hulk of the R class resting atop.

The table is driven by a shaft that passes to the underside of the baseboard with a direct-drive motor connected to the table. A special PCB in the centre of the table allows for electrical connection with the table rails and can also be used to transfer power to roads around the table well.

The turntable installed and ready for use.

The turntable deck is removable by removing bolts at each end and one in the centre. The power reversal box is also removable for servicing.

It is painted in the wagon red colour that the VR's tables appear to have been painted in, with white handrails and ageing grey timber deck.