Don't laugh too hard...It's my first attempt!

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by Nazgul, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Steve, good to see you making progress again :wave: :wave: . I like your curved viaduct :thumb: . The jig to correct the curve was a very good idea. Sorry to hear that you didn’t paint the back wall – I wanted to ask you how you did it sign1 .
  2. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Bridge looks great llike that!

    On my route at work, they are extending one highway some distance south of where it ends, and they are re-building the interchange at another highway it crosses. All the ramps that are on curves, have curved support beams under, just like your bridge (well, a little different, but same general idea)
  3. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    Looks good Steve. :) But without a tower in the middle hmmm....
    I hope it can stand up to the torque of the wieght of the train on it. The torque would be on the ends where it connects to the land. I am sure you thought of that though.
    Should be interesting. :)
  4. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    Steve...looks great! (even with the curved girders). Glad to hear you are acheiving model railroad 'balance' with the rest of your life. We can't all be wealthy bachelors like John Allen...nor should we be. So keep up the great work, I can't wait to see more, even though I know I'll have to.

  5. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Thank you guys for the encouraging words:thumb: ...It was a tough decision to make (curving the girders) but it was the one I was most comfortable with (at this time). I hope it won't detract from the layout....However, any chronic rivet counters have given up on me a long time ago!:D I'm going to try and get some more accomplished here in the next week but we'll have to is calling!

    Stephen...There will be 4 towers along the span of the viaduct in their proper places...I just wanted to configure the girders so that none of them landed in the middle of the river.:thumb: Even I wouldn't torture the laws of physics that much...............well I wouldn't...usually :D
  6. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    Oh ok I misunderstood you. I thought you meant you didn't want a tower in the middle of the bridge [duh on me LOL].

    And no I CAN'T imagine YOU torturing the laws of physics THAT much. IIIII believe you, no honest I do, seriusly, no really :D:D:D:D:D:D:D LOL
  7. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    L O L !!!!!
  8. Illus

    Illus Member

    Well, considering it is your first layout, and since the rest of it is disgustingly excellent, I suppose you can get away with the curved girders... If you want to go half-way...

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!? I think it looks great!!!!!
  9. sledge57

    sledge57 New Member

    After just reading all 37 pages of this, all I can say is,WOW [​IMG]

    I bet you never heard that before :D

    As another rookie I'm blown away by what you've done.

    I'm not sure if I'm inspired or intimidated now though [​IMG]

    Looking forward to seeing more, who knows I might even get on the ball someday.........
  10. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    Doug, don't be TOO impressed, after all he actually took some of my advice LOL :D:D:D:D
  11. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    fsm1000 wrote:
    And if that isn't a reason to NOT be impressed, I don't know what is!sign1

    Illus...thank you so much for your encouragement:thumb:

    sledge57... I hope that some inspiration can be found on these pages but never intimidation. I always look at what the best modelers here on The Gauge and elsewhere do and I try to achieve that same degree of aesthetic quality. Although I haven't achieved that standard, I am very happy for the most part with my work but it is only because I was inspired by much better modelers, that I have been able to do what I have.
    This is the perfect environment to learn, and to try, and to get input and feedback. The internet has really made it possible to speed up the learning curve and achieve better results much faster than ever before. We have a great advantage over newbies in the past. We have almost instantaneous access to outstanding model railroaders who WANT to help us and share their expertise.
    So I say...."get on the ball";) and start modeling!:thumb:

  12. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    The 'AFTAOMRAAP'...hmmm...what are the anual dues? Is there a newsletter? How do I join? Thanks for the good laugh.

  13. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    so lets see that bridge in place!
  14. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    Nope us old timers never intimidate. We make sure the collars are a bit loose, the sticks are not to thick, we feed our pupils at LEAST once a day. Sometimes we let them watch us work and after a year or so we sometimes allow the really obedient ones to operate a loco for a few minutes [maybe]. :D:D:D LOL

    I hope you know I am kidding. Well about the food anyways :D:D:D:D [it is twice a day] LOL
  15. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Hey Everyone
    I have finally finished my other project(s) and with the exception of the kid's sports...I hope to get back to "business" on this layout.
    I have removed the track and cut the foam and plywood under the bridge location where the bench framework would allow. I had hoped to get a bit of depth to keep the supports as long as possible, However, with the framework and river locations, the improvement is minimal. Having said that, I think it will make the scene more interesting if not add the look of height that I wanted.

    Here are a couple of pics that show the unfinished viaduct in it's future home.
    Scenery 363 small.jpg

    Scenery 364 small.jpg

    I will, of course, post when I have something worth seeing...or not worth seeing...or reading (but you knew that already):D
  16. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    Steve:wave:, GLAD to see your back on track!:thumb::D AND, real glad to hear your "other" projects are done, especially that REAL PESKY ONE!;)tooth1

    looks like the bridge is coming along GREAT!!!:thumb::thumb::thumb: cant wait to see the next set of progress pics of it!:thumb: TRULY OUTSTANDING WORK(as usual)Steve!:D

    :D -Deano
  17. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    Yeah, I read the fine print...nice try though! :D

    You've made some amazing progress this year, Steve. You're an inspiration to all us newbies. And you're right, the internet has definitely lessened the learning curve for us. I might have given up by now if it weren't for the help of the fine folks here at The Gauge.

    Keep up the good work!
  18. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    I agree with 2-8-2 – nice try. Steve, you have to try hard to show us something that we think is not worth seeing :D . Your viaduct, curved or not, will be a masterpiece. I hope you show us meticulously how you install the bridge on your layout. Building mountains like yours is my weak spot and I can still learn a lot from you :wave: . And, by the way, it’s your fault that I want some on my next layout :D. Following your progress, I looked too often at your gorgeous gorges and mountains – they are contagious.
  19. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    Personally I think that bridge is pretty darn good.
    Only comment I have is that the yardstick appears to be out of scale :D.
    Other than that I would say you have one heck of a great bridge going there :D:D:D.
  20. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    YEAH BABY, YEAH!!!!! Keep going!


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