My Biggest Scratchbuilt Bridge

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by K.V.Div, May 2, 2003.

  1. K.V.Div

    K.V.Div Member

    Here are a few pis of an N Scale wood trestle I built a few years ago.
    The bridge measures a scale 405ft in length and 164ft in height and, while it follows no specific prototype, it is built to Canadian Pacific standard plans and is based loosely on the crossing at Bridal Veil Falls (now known as Fallslake Creek) on Canadian Pacific's now abandoned Coquihalla subdivision.
    I am planning to install it on a new oNeTrak module later this year.


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  2. K.V.Div

    K.V.Div Member

    Next pic.

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  3. K.V.Div

    K.V.Div Member

    One looking up from the creekbed

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  4. K.V.Div

    K.V.Div Member

    Side on pic, sorry about the unprototypical backdrop:(

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  5. K.V.Div

    K.V.Div Member

    And one from overhead. The train is there because I was asked to send along a few photos to accompany a custom painted model of an Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railfreight GP38 done for a customer and I decided to add a few peices of rolling stock for effect.


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  6. Bob Collins

    Bob Collins Active Member

    That is absolutely awesome.

    Is it okay to ask about how long it took to build it and approximately how many pieces are involved?

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

  8. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    Superb model, Terry. Did you keep track of how many hours it took ?
    regards / Mike:D
  9. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    best N scale bridge I've seen to date.

    that one shot from the creekbed looks like a real train to me.

    Good work................what's next?
  10. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cool:
  11. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    That is really a great piece of craftsmanship. Outstanding job, Terry.
  12. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    WOW!!!! Impressive, that's all I can say.:)

    What material did you use, and do you have any idea of how much time it took to build?

  13. K.V.Div

    K.V.Div Member

    Thanks for the comments guys. The bridge is constructed from Northeastern and Kappler stripwood. The Kappler wood is supplyed in N Scale dimensions, while with the Northeastern Product, I used HO size and divided by half.
    All peices were indiviually stained with thinned Polly Scale Oily Black prior to assembly and I lost count of the number of peices about 3/4 the way through construction (lost count at around 1400).
    I wanted a large bridge for an upcoming model train show competition in September of that year, so I decided to start early. Research and planning started in May and took the better part of two weeks, during which time I drew out a full size side-on plan as well as an overhead one.
    I spent aproximately 2 hours every day untill the beginning of September, for a total of just over 200 hours.
    The track is handlayed Code 55.

  14. jimmybeersa

    jimmybeersa Member

    That Trestle sent my overworked heart into overdrive fantastic modeling
  15. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Excellent workmanship Terry.
  16. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    This is a fantastic piece of craftsmanship, Terry! Absolutely stunning!!!! :cool: :cool: :cool:

    And I also admire your patience for building this giant model. (Wish I had only 10% of yours :D )

  17. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member


    What an astounding piece of craftsmanship, Terry!
    My hat is off to you, my friend!
    :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:
    The amount skill, & patience that went into that is something I can only dream of...
    That's just simply beautiful!
  18. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Great job. Very impressive!
  19. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Wow! I am awed by the painstaking work and care that went into that fantastic trestle!
  20. CPRSD40-2

    CPRSD40-2 New Member

    That is amazing, it took lots of patiece and time, but the end product is well worth it!

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