Move Locos & Cars within Your Shop Complex Just Like the Real Railroads* All-New Model * Fully Assembled, Easy to Install * DC or DCC Control * Rugged Motor & Gear Drive * Bridge Measures 100 Scale Feet Long * Programmable Indexing for 48 Stops * Working Cab & Deck Lights * Amber Flasher for Modern Scenes
With a steady stream of equipment coming in and out, shops were always busy places. Switching cars equipment from one building to another meant a lot of complex track and extra labor, which increased costs.
As a solution, railroads often installed transfer tables. Essentially a mobile deck bridge with rails, the table moved from side to side to quickly reach any track in the facility. The bridge was supported on flanged wheels, and was usually built over a long pit to keep the deck level with the tracks in the various buildings. Horses pulled the earliest examples but these soon gave way to steam-powered cable and rope systems; by the 1890s, large electric motors, drawing power from overhead catenary were in use. This allowed all functions to be controlled by a single operator, riding in a cab on one side of the bridge. Alignment with the tracks was done by eye, and equipment pulled on or off the bridge using a small windlass.
Although the designs have changed with time and many have been retired, there are still some of these amazing machines in use today!
The focal point of your Shop Facility will be the amazing, operating Transfer Table! Perfect for steam-, transition- and modern-eras, the fully assembled model installs easily in new or existing scenery - additional pit sections are available separately (#933-2969) to build a larger model if desired too.
Powered by the same proven drive and programmable indexing found in Walthers Built-Ups Turntables, this unit will provide years of trouble-free operation on DC or DCC powered layouts. Use the Control Box for DC operation, or connect the unit to your DCC system and use the factory-programmed addresses (or add your own) to move the bridge automatically to one of 48 stops, turn lights on or off, and change direction, all from your throttle!
See the entire series of Rail Shops structures here.