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Does anyone know a tutorial or can tell me how to make a relalistic E-Z Track Bridge?
 

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make you bridge model out of wood, paint it, then put e-z track thru it!
 

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Does anyone know a tutorial or can tell me how to make a relalistic E-Z Track Bridge?
You got a lot of good replies, but I'm going to choose to be a "NIT-PICKER":rolleyes::)
Almost all steel or wood bridges had an open deck frame work so if they ballasted the track across the bridge it needed a trough for the ballast to lay in otherwise the ballast falls through. Run a (1/16 square ?) piece of plastic or wood beside your ballasted track on each side to represent the side of the trough.:)
Concrete or stone bridges probably don't need that:)
I am currently building a large Deck truss for a fellow who wants to use Marklin C- track (ballasted) so I am doing the same thing on it.:)
 

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I'm curious---why would anyone ballast a bridge? I realize some might do it on a model railroad for aesthetic purposes, but what other purpose could it serve?
 

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I'm curious---why would anyone ballast a bridge? I realize some might do it on a model railroad for aesthetic purposes, but what other purpose could it serve?
Hi Reckers,

As best as I can figure out:confused: It seemed to help reduce the strain and other forces produced as the bridge was used. I suppose most of the earlier bridges didn't do it very often.:) If you look at some of the oldest trestles for instance, its seems like they would fall over as soon as a train crossed it!!!

Like 4 post trestles with no sway or side braces at all.:D

Cheers ...... Dave
 

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Dave, thanks for sharing that. I suppose the ballast could keep conventional ties from creeping out of place: I hadn't considered that factor. As for the old trestles, it's pretty amazing they didn't fall over---I doubt their builders had any inkling of what would eventually cross them.
 

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Dave, thanks for sharing that. I suppose the ballast could keep conventional ties from creeping out of place: I hadn't considered that factor. As for the old trestles, it's pretty amazing they didn't fall over---I doubt their builders had any inkling of what would eventually cross them.

But they do collapse sometimes.:D


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There is reckers peeking out of the cab of his old crane.:D
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YEAH!! Big Ed,

Quite often I think. And not just the railroad bridges. I don't remember where it was located but it was called Galloping Gerty I think!! A big suspension bridge.

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YEAH!! Big Ed,

Quite often I think. And not just the railroad bridges. I don't remember where it was located but it was called Galloping Gerty I think!! A big suspension bridge.

Dave
Tacoma Narrows, WA ... circa 1940. Horrible design ... doomed from the start. They didn't consider wind-generated harmonic oscillation.
 
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