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HOn3 65ft gallows

  • HO/HOn3 65ft gallows turntable kit
  • 3 truck Heisler sitting on 65ft HO gallows turntable.
  • gallows sized for both standard and narrow gauges
  • A frame and H frame types of gallows available in 65ft and 52ft lengths.
This batch has all gone. the next will be available for preorder on April 1st 2020 9pm GMT, for shipping May 31st. They get pre-ordered very fast indeed!
Maximum Purchase:
2 unit(s)

Product Description

HOn3/HO 65ft motorised gallows turntable


Pre-orders for the current batch have closed and these will be for shipped on January 31st 2020. I have no reserve list, there is no jumping ahead of anyone else. The next batch can be pre-ordered from April 1st 2020, 9pm GMT. The batch is limited to 30 and they go extremely fast. last time they all went in 2 a half hours. So be warned: snooze ya lose.

£5+ shipping cost will be taken at the time of pre-order, and then the balance requested of £70 just prior to shipping.

This is a 65ft gallows that sits within the same pit dimensions as the existing Durango turntable.  It is available with A frame or H frame gallows options, and HO, HOn3 or HOn30 deck options.

The A frame design follows the pattern of the Laws turntable in California.

The H frame design is taken from the 1884 gallows at Monarch.

The bridge deck is made up on an integral frame using laser cut wooden parts that slot into each other for ease of assembly. Unlike other "kits" it is not simply a bag of sticks!

There is no bridge track included. Rather use your own track. There is a simple jig that aligns the track on the centre line.

The turntable has a ring rail (code 75 included) - as that overcomes the stability issues when turning and when driving on/off the bridge and it uses same small wheels as the proven Durango HOn3 kit. The ring rail also uses a simple jig to hold the rail in place while the rail is soldered to copper clad ties. Its easy! Honest! Even novice solderers have done it.

Spider design:  The kit uses the "pseudo spider" design method used in my On30 gallows kits. The spider is suggested by fixed beams and rings with a cavity in the centre, into which the proven KHM turning plate sits. The turning plate provides the reliable rotation and power connections that are already proven in the On30 and HOn3 Durango turntable kits. An actual spider with rotating wheels is complex to create and assemble - and far too likely to be a source of functional problems. And once the bridge deck is in place you can hardly see it anyway.

Drive options:

motorised: the motor is included to the kit as default! This uses the "Mk3" set up I have used since Feb 2015, the same as the proven KHM Durango turntable. A low RPM motor drives the primary shaft via a set of steel gears. Nominal rotation speed of the bridge is 0.75 RPM but with variable speed control this can creep even slower for alignment by eye. 99% of my customers use this method. keep it simple !

Motorless: If you are using "big finger from the sky"  then you can remove the motor and gears as an option.

Manual drive:  still under development.

Stays and cabling: This is 0.6mm piano wire. I use this because it is robust and holds its shape. 

NBW assemblies: the kit has none - you will have to source your own. There are 3 reasons for this: a) 75% of customers are in US/Canada and its easier for you to get them than me! b) the cost is lower if you source your own. I would have to import to UK, add to kit and send back. That's madness. c) I don't like adding casting suppliers into my supply chain due to long and variable lead times. The On30 kits have NBW assemblies built up from laser cut parts but that isn't feasible in HO.

Dimensions below:-





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