Kato Bridge Bash

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by upguy, Dec 23, 2002.

  1. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

    You are probably well aware of the Kato single, track, truss bridge; but I wanted a bridge that was more prototypical of the bridges that I have seen on the Union Pacific here in Oregon. Most (if not all) of the bridges that I have seen in this area utilize a shorter span, so what to do?

    I saw in one of the N-scale magazines where another modeler was cutting down Kato bridges to make the UP bridges, so I decided to give it a try.

    This is a Kato bridge before the operation began....

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  2. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

    I took two Kato bridges and cut off the two end sections of each one and cemented them together. I was thus able to make two shorter bridge spans that looked more like the bridges that I wanted.

    The bridge in the foreground of this picture is the result of my "cut and paste" operation.

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  3. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

    From the two center sections that were left after I removed the ends from the original bridge pieces, I did some additional cutting and pasting to get another bridge section that I hope to use as the start of another bridge.

    On this section you can see the splice like I made to combine the original end sections. The center pieces also had to have some of the other supports removed to get the proper shape on the portion left.

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  4. Gavin Miller

    Gavin Miller Member

    That looks really cool!

    Bet that gave you a sense of satisfaction when you sat back and looked at the finished result.

    The double bridge looks really good sitting across the future river bed. I'd like to see a photo of the completed scene.

    Gavin Miller in Perth, W. Australia
  5. cpr_paul

    cpr_paul Member

    Looks good!

    I did a similar bridge-bash a few weeks ago - I'll have to get the camera out again and post some pics.
  6. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    That goes for me, too! Nice work!:)
  7. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

    I hope you guys don't mind waiting a while because the scenery work is still a ways off. I'm pretty overwhelmed right now with the benchwork and track laying. :D
  8. RI541

    RI541 Member

    Good things come to those who wait, I'll wait,

    love the bridge, that give me an Idea maybe.

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