girder arch trestle

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Bill Pontin, Oct 26, 2003.

  1. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Building another four foot N Trak module and wanted something with a deep gorge in front. Alas, where do I find a two and a half foot bridge to span the gorge without piers. Looking around on the internet decided on structure similar to the picture.

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  2. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Found the raw material I needed at a train show, plastic bridge girders manufactured by Central Valley of Oceano, CA. I under estimated the quantity needed and was frantically searching all the LHS for more. A call to the manufacture and a very understanding owner solved my dilemma. Here is the fixture I used to form the arches.

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  3. belg

    belg Member

    Bill that looks like a perfect solution for a wide span. I hope you got my thank you Email and I do really appreciate your time and effort on my behalf.Pat
  4. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Thanks to Central Valley I was able to complete the structure this evening. All I need now is to get my airbrush and compressor back to paint the structure. Still haven't figured out what colors to use. Any suggestions?

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  5. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Still need approaching girder bridges on both sides and trackwork. Cannot get ahead of the landscapping and rockwork. The blue line (not using a mountain division) can be seen ducking into seveal tunnels beyond the bridge

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  6. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Sent the attached picture to Central Valley as a thank you for getting me out of a fix. Still looking for a LHS that carries this material.

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  7. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    again very nice work. is the pic of the hells gate bridge in alaska?
  8. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Nice bridge Bill! :cool:
  9. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I'm not sure, but I think most steel bridges are painted with iron oxide primer.
  10. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Black, silver or red oxide as Russ suggested. Ace work+++
  11. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Fantastic workmanship Bill. It looks great.
  12. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Great looking bridge Bill. There are good suggestions already for colour but steel bridges come in all sorts so my suggestion is burnt umber. It is dark brown but looks like steel that has been painted then some rust and after time takes on the dark tone.
  13. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    Awesome "bridging" of those...
    troubled waters.
    :eek: :rolleyes: :D
  14. Blake

    Blake Member

    Outrageous Bill!! Totally cool bridge. Love the sign, handrails and the guys working on it too.
  15. pomperaugrr

    pomperaugrr Member

    That is an awesome bridge. What did you use for handrails?

    As for a LHS, try the Hobby Gallery, on Meriden Rd., in Wolcott. It might not be local for Milford, but they do carry the Central Valley line of Girders. I think that Shelton Railroad Systems carries the central valley line too. I'm not sure if their retail store is still open, but you can find them online. (

    It's too bad that Central Valley doesn't make N-scale products. I love the detail. Jack makes some nice bridge kits. I'm up in Litchfield County, but it's nice to see another N-scaler from CT.

    Take care.

  16. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Thats one hell of a nice bridge you have scratchbuilt, and even more fantastic is the fact that its an arch bridge which are quite difficult to construct.
  17. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments, going to go with Robin's recommendation of burnt umber, that sounds the most prototypical. Most do black and it just seems to blend into the background.

    Eric, drove up to the Hobby Gallery, they had some Central Valley items but no girder material. Shelton RR, gave up going over there, never could figure out their hours. Have several hobby shops here in Milford but they are more interested in stocking military items.

    Pat, sorry, did not get your e-mail. You are entirely welcome, hope the mold and letters work out and fit the bill.
  18. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Bill, just saw this thread. WOW! Beautiful bridge! Very nice work! The banner was a nice touch too. Can't wait to see a pic of trains rolling overhead!
  19. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Started back in on my NTrak module, been away for the last two weeks. Went with the burnt umber color and finished painting the bridge. Here it is just set in place on the module for now, remove it while I do the rock work and scenery. Adjusting the footings was harder than I thought, yup I remembered to take the finished height from the cork roadbed.

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  20. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Was really stumped on the footing or supports. Found exactly what I need in my copy of MR's "Bridges and Trestles" book. Still have some more detail to add to them, but I pegged up the center of the girder and with everything loose it will allow me to make some minute height adjustments.

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