My scratch built turntable looked good but I never could make it operate successfully. I tried several drive systems over the years before giving up. In 2000 I broke down and purchased a 135' CMR Turntable kit. The kit came with a very good gear-motor that works magnificently. I assembled the pit and bridge as soon as it arrived from CMR. The bridge was a plane girder type and I wanted the through truss type of bridge. My work load had been very heavy for several years so I had to put my layout on hold and my turntable on the shelf unfinished.
I retired at the end of 2007 and after catching up on badly needed home maintenance I started back working on my layout. My CMR Turntable was a high priority project. I started building the through truss superstructure in December of 2009 and installed it on the turntable bridge in January. The bridge is now weathered and operational with lights on the walkway and under the center power tower assembly. There are also lights on and in the control shack with the turntable operator standing in the doorway.