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Turntable A section of track, typically 40—60ft long, mounted on girders with a central pivot, which could be rotated to enable a locomotive to be turned end-for-end. Until BR days most turntables were pushed around by man-power. They were provided at engine sheds and also at major terminals. Smaller turntables about 12ft diameter were often used to turn goods wagons in goods depots, or to move them through 90 degrees to another track. The existence of these turntables (and other archaic fixed installations) prevented the development of larger and more efficient goods wagons.