Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by plbab, Jan 7, 2003.

  1. plbab

    plbab Member

    I want to build a trestle bridge out of wood. This will be N scale. What size wood do i need. Will 1/8 square be to large? Or should it be 1/16? This will be my first attempt at this. Thanks Paul
  2. billk

    billk Active Member

    One-eighth is 20", one-sixteenth is 10" (duh!). Off-hand I'd go with the 1/16, for no other reason than it would give more of the "spindly" look. You might also consider using round pieces, instead of square, for part of the construction.
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

  4. billk

    billk Active Member

    I "requisitioned" a package of laboratory Q-tips from work. They have the cotton on only one end of the stick, which are wood and about 3/32" diameter (or 15" in N scale) and a good 4-5" long. That's my future trestle pilings (among other things....).
  5. plbab

    plbab Member

    Thanks for the info and site. So when you build this bridge will you use plans or freelance?
  6. plbab

    plbab Member


    I found some "planks" they are 1/16 x 1/4 x 5" what is that in N scale? I came up with 10" x40" x 66 ft is that right? Thanks. Paul
  7. billk

    billk Active Member

    Close enough. 5" is actually 66'-8" but you'll probably be cutting them shorter anyhow.
  8. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi plbab

    1/16th is perfect for an N-scale trestle, make sure you use Hardwood not balsa. Here is an N-scale trestle off one of my old layouts.



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  9. plbab

    plbab Member

    Shamus that bridge is a work of art. Is that built from a plan or your own design? Paul

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