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Okay, I am progressing (pictures will come later, in a few days). I am where I need to start planning for my many trestles. As I have looked at things, I am finding that in most cases the timbers used in a trestle are similar in size to the ties on the track.

Is this true?

I have cut a few strips of both pine and alder. (Try cutting these with accuracy on a full size contractor's table saw and keep all your fingers!) These are .075" square or roughly the same size as the ties on my flex track. These seem REAL SMALL. I need these to be able to support the bridge. I also want them to look as real as possible.

What have people found that works, what does NOT work? Any advise is welcome.

I am looking for plans or scaled drawings of trestles for N scale. Does anyone know where I can find some?

Thanks for all the help and support...so far. I have less than 2 months to have the track running. I may, no I WILL need more help for everyone here as time goes by. I can add the scenery later.
 

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A railroad tie is small for a trestle. Actual size is 12 by 12. In O sale that's 1/4 inch in HO that's 1/8th.

For plans just look at a few pictures and kits. Imagine three poles the outer two lean in and three cross supports. Then line a bunch up and cross support those. That's the basics. Maybe the guys will have a good link for you.
 

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Some good info. I am getting ready to make something like these and pictures help me out. Visual person and I think I am gaining enough knowledge to start soon.
 

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It looks like elsimon forgot about his question.:rolleyes: Never answered?:confused:

One member here will custom make you one. I'm sorry forgot his name here and got to hit the sack right now.

If he see this he will answer. I think it was David Stock something.
He's got a thread about his work.


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I did a quick search and couldn't find him. He should have posted in product promotion but I guess he posted else where.

Edit again hes on now.:laugh:

David Stockwell nice work check it out.:thumbsup:

http://www.modeltrainforum.com/album.php?albumid=73

Goodnight.:D
 

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I attribute it to old age and too many things going on. I actually got his post on another thread I thought I was in when I posted here....I think. I need to stop and read what I am doing.
 

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ElSimon, I plan to build a trestle soon, myself. Before reading further, keep in mind I've never built one: anything you read beyond this point may be bad advice. *L* With that said, I plan to build a jig a la' this site, for which I am grateful to acknowledge Mr. Tom Fassett's generosity: http://www.trainweb.org/tomfassett/models/trestle01/

Second, a suggestion. Model railroading has those we call rivet-counters, who strive for total accuracy in scale and reproduction. I respect what they do and the effort it takes. I also recognize there is room for artistic license: exact reproduction doesn't always look quite right. Mr. Fassett suggests a size of wood for the beams, as well. Personally, I went to Hobby Lobby and found some long hardwood square dowels and sorted thru till I found what looked right, to me. I don't care if it's really to scale or not: I just want it to look like a real trestle.
 

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David builds INCREDIBLE bridges! He has a true talent I can only dream of.

I have 2 of my 7 bridges built I need to add some detail and then stain them. They are simple, rustic but sturdy and functional.

Another one will be simple in that it will be a series of granite arches.

The next will resemble sandstone arches. My son actually suggested using real red sandstone from southern Utah. I won't, the weight is too much and it will become too fragile.

The next bridge will be a series of wooden trestles. I will take some ideas from David's masterpieces and incorporate some of my own ideas.

The last two will be an over/under set of steel girder bridges. I got this idea while traveling back roads last month. This is the one I am most confused about. I am looking for ideas on how to make the steel beams and other metal pieces. I have searched a little on the internet for sources. I want them to look realistic but need them to have the strength too.

Does anyone have any ideas on these last bridges or materials?
 

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Hi ElSimon,:)
I responded to your first thread about steel bridges but nobody else did, and neither did you so I let it drop!!:eek:hwell:
Then I saw this one on trestles and noticed that this is where all the action is so I figured I would get involved too!!!:D
I saw some pictures of wood type bridges posted by BigEd and almost fainted:rolleyes: I had a hard time believing that they could have put wood bridges together with rope!!!:confused::confused: BigEd did they actually do that on some of their first wooden bridges:confused::confused:
Anyway I saw that you had seen my album, so that should give you ideas on construction.:) I have always kept away from steel type bridges because I felt that working with plastruct did not lend itself to shaking, and nervous hands :eek:hwell:and any small errors would be very obvious!! So That's why I stay with the timber bridges:D

Dave
 

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David,

You do beautiful work! I am impressed. I hadn't given steel bridges much serious thought until I got the main landforms painted and I realized I had the perfect setup for one. It reminded me of some of the backroads I have been on in southern Utah and northern Arizona. I also happen to be camping in area a few weeks ago when oout of the blue I heard a train whistle and looked up to see an Amtrak crossing the river on a steel bridge. It was a sign! I needed to figure out how to add one to my layout. Now I am where I need to start looking more at this. I am going to look more closely at Plastruct and see what I can figure out. Are there any other supliers out there for this type of product?

Thanks,
Darrell (El Simon)
 

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ElSim,

Another option could be to fab the bridge out of real metal extrusions ... flat bar, L-angles, C-channel, etc. Most hobby shops would have a selection in brass and steel. Brass would work well with soldered joints. More challenging than glued joints with wood or Plastruct, obviously, but could yield a fabulous look.

TJ
 
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