Bridges - show yours

dieselfan1 Sep 24, 2009

  1. BillMock

    BillMock TrainBoard Member

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    What a great collection of bridge designs and beautiful workmanship! Fantastic!
    With all the beautiful scratch built bridges displayed, I feel silly showing the small bridge on my layout, but here it is.
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    My hat is off to all the bridge builders out there. :thumbs_up:
    Bill Mock
     

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  2. Tracy McKibben

    Tracy McKibben TrainBoard Member

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    With workmanship like that, you have nothing to feel silly about. That looks great!
     
  3. Flash Blackman

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    Prototype Bridge Eighteen Ties Long

    This is a prototype bridge only eighteen ties long. That is no more than 30 feet in length. It has a small bent (support) in the center and it is no more that four feet high. This is on The old Espee mainline of the Sunset route. You can see the concrete ties outside of the bridge span. I am sure there is drainage through here, but I don't know why they didn't use a culvert. Probably more expensive to make a culvert than this small bridge.
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  4. Stickboy

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    Here's a shot of my little OO9 (HOn30) stone arch bridge, sold this layout last week prior to moving house...

    Hand carved/cast

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    Cheers

    Phil
     
  5. Train Kid

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    Awesome Phil. Very nice job. So real looking.
     
  6. dieselfan1

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    Nice thread to dig up

    I got one.
     

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  7. G&G Railway

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    Nice work on the bridges everyone.
     
  8. mtaylor

    mtaylor Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Outstanding scenes Mark, this is what sparked my email asking about your Kato track detailing technique. As I stated, I am taking another look at my plan to use code 83 flex & sectional track compared to using Kato Unitrack. If I decicde that I want to be able to control all of my turnouts via DCC (computer interface, throttle, or toggle switch combo) the advantage appears to lie with Kato track with their built in switch machines. Code 83 track wins in overall appearance and is certainly less expensive. However, when adding the cost of a tortoise swithc macine, the turnout and labor involved.....I think the cost advantage of code 83 turnouts lessesons.

    Sorry to sidetrack this thread as it is about the awesome display of brdiges on everyone's layout. This is a really enjoyable thread and really gets the creative juices flowing.
     
  9. Torsja

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    Some Z-Scale [1:220] bridges I made.

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  10. Grey One

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    The intent is to build this from 1/2" foam:
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    It is not based on anything.
     
  11. GeorgeV

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    This is a long thread but near as I can tell, I didn't post these. These are scratchbuilt, the steel trestle from styrene sheets, strips and shapes, the wood trestle from N'eastern Scale lumber.
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    And one of the wood trestle before the steel one went in. These last two shots were days with a heavy overcast solid ceiling tile.. ..
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    George V.
     
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  12. Train Kid

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    George you get a Gold Star.

    Sweet bridges.
     
  13. BedfordRob

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    Great thread, some wonderful bridges, a great source of inspiration and ideas. I've got three Kato girder bridges in place temporarily but have been considering replacing them all with scratch built ones when I get time,another bookmarked thread from Trainboard!:thumbs_up:
     
  14. dieselfan1

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    Anyone got anything new?
     
  15. jhn_plsn

    jhn_plsn TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have been working on a freemoN module.
     

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  16. mikelhh

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    Some spectacular bridges here!
    Mine's more low key
    Made with pine blocks at either end,with homemade plastic girders inserted into slots.
    Concrete was made with modelling clay.


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    Mike
     
  17. Tracy McKibben

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    And yet, jaw-dropping....
     
  18. Candy_Streeter

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    That looks sooooooooooooooooo real!!!! How did ya get such realistic water !!??!!
     
  19. mikelhh

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    Thanks Tracy and Candy.
    The water is two-part high gloss epoxy resin, poured in two layers, 24 hours apart. I stood over the second layer like an expectant parent for about 90 minutes while it set, working in ripples with a sharpened bamboo skewer. They tend to melt away again, so you have to stick at it.

    Mike
     
  20. COverton

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    Well, I feel like an impostor After Mike's stunning work. But I wanted to show my trestle, depicted back on page one at a very oblique angle, and largely hidden, in another recent image.

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