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Locomotive/Railway Turntables

Macton has been building turntables for freight railroads and transit systems for decades, and is the leading turntable designer and manufacturer not only in the United States, but on a worldwide basis. Our proprietary designs and manufacturing methods for turntables, acquired over the last six decades, ensure that our turntable customers will get the highest quality and highest value turntables available on the market today.

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Locomotive Turntables – Macton typically custom designs and manufactures each of these turntables to meet specific capacity and length requirements. The turntable has two drive systems, one at each end of the turntable bridge, each of which utilizes variable speed motors for smooth start and stop functions, as well as quiet operation. Automatic wheel chocks and rotation locking devices are available, as well as an open weather-proof control station or an enclosed operator control area.

Railcar Turntables – The same quality and precision that have made Macton locomotive turntables legendary are applicable for rail car turntables. The Macton railcar turntable is engineered with precise tolerances that allow the variable speed drive system to rotate the vehicle efficiently. The result is a turntable that combines high volume with lower power consumption and less maintenance and downtime.

Turntable Tops Available – The top of the turntable can also be built to contain both rails and a road surface, so that non-rail vehicles (such as rescue vehicles) can be driven across the turntable.

 

Long-Term Reliability – Macton turntables have been in service for decades and move smoothly and quietly day in and day out for years – in fact, to our knowledge, none of these systems has ever failed to operate within the specified design criteria where proper minimal maintenance was performed.

Minimal Maintenance Required – These systems require only a minimal amount of routine maintenance each year, which can be scheduled for times when the facility is not normally in operation – as a result, this minimal annual maintenance does not entail operational disruptions or expensive downtime for the servicing of this equipment.

Full Support Throughout Project – Macton provides full support throughout the entire project, beginning with the initial design of the system to be built, during which time Macton’s engineering staff interfaces with the project’s engineers and other professionals to provide the practical assistance and the detailed technical support needed to integrate its equipment into the overall installation. This support includes providing foundational, electrical and control requirements, trim details, data for structural analysis and any other assistance the project requires.

Ease of Equipment Installation – Macton provides a specially-trained field engineer or technician to supervise the installation, start-up and commissioning of its equipment, ensuring that it is brought on-line quickly and delivers the expected performance.

Ongoing Post-Sale Support – Macton also provides long-term spare parts and technical support services. Long-term service contracts are also available at each of these installations for periodic inspection and maintenance programs, as well as training services, as needed. In addition, Macton provides customers with the ability to easily upgrade their control panels, drives and other systems to ensure they reflect the latest in technology.

Standard 5 Year Warranty – The equipment is warranted to be free from defects in material or workmanship for a period of five (5) years from the date it’s shipped from Macton’s facility.  Accordingly, during such 5-year period, Macton will repair or replace any such defective parts or equipment at Macton’s cost (including covering all shipping costs).  If required to trouble-shoot such equipment, Macton will provide the services of an onsite field service engineer, and if any such defects are found to exist, Macton will pay the labor and travel costs of such field service engineer.  This warranty is void if the equipment is installed without supervision by a Macton representative.  This warranty does not cover: (i) water damage, or damage due to chemical corrosion or from dirt or debris on or around the equipment, (ii) any damage caused by improper use or accident, or from the failure to perform the recommended periodic maintenance on the equipment, (iii) normal wear and tear, (iv) portions of the equipment repaired or modified by others without Macton’s prior written approval, or (v) any additional onsite labor, tools or equipment required for the inspection, removal and reinstallation of any parts of the equipment.

Customers who Purchased a Locomotive or Railcar Turntable – Macton has installed a wide range of locomotive and railcar turntables, including the following:

Locomotive & Railcar Turntable Installations Description Location
Steamtown This turntable replicates the turntables used in the Steam Locomotive era with a capacity of 759,000 lbs. Scranton, PA
BART Transit railcar turntable with a special platform to allow road vehicles to cross over the turntable Daly City, CA
Amtrak 100 foot diameter Locomotive turntable with 150 ton capacity Washington, DC
Panama Canal 52 foot diameter, 150 ton capacity used for Towing Locomotives Panama
Delaware & Hudson 78 foot diameter Locomotive turntable Binghamton, NY

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