My First Trestle...

Discussion in 'G / O / S Scale Model Trains' started by Lighthorseman, Sep 9, 2002.

  1. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    In the (vain) hope of getting something done to enter the "Locos and Bridges" photo contest, I started a project I'd been planning anyway.

    On my layout, the "Megill River Lumber Co." is a small outfit running a 30 inch logging line. A small but deep cut containing a fairly fast-moving stream made the building of a small bridge necessary. This short trestle is to be the result.

    This small trestle is a scale 32 feet long, and 16 feet tall at the centre. I took the lumber measurements from a Rio Grande Southern technical specs page. These first three pictures are of my progress thus far, and I hope to update this thread if I can find more time to work on this small project.

    Here is the first photograph. Please ignore the mess in the background!

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  2. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Trestle Picture No.2

    Thus far, my progress DOES NOT include gluing down the ties. I've placed them on top of the stringers just to see how they look. The Porter is one of the small locomotives found on the narrow gauge line.

    As you can see, I still have to stain the ends of the ties, and touch up the trestle here and there.

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  3. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Trestle Picture No.3

    Well, brakeman Bob just HAD to come and have himself a li'l look-see at the new bridge. Pappy insisted on the "New Bridge" having a walkway installed beside the track after the last bear-chase incident. (Don't ask him about it, though...he'll spit his nasty tobacco-juice on your shoe for reminding him of that...)

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  4. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Trestle Picture No.4

    Well, after cleaning up the house, I got a little more done. The ties have been glued down, the ends stained, and Pappy's walkway has been installed. The wood side sills (??) have also been put on.

    Here is a top view.

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  5. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Trestle Picture No.5

    Here is a side view showing the crossbracing. Nut-Bolt-Washer castings have not been installed, and neither has the track.

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  6. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Trestle Picture No.6

    Just for an idea of how SHORT this bridge is, here is an R-T-R Bachmann On30 boxcar placed on it.

    That's about all for today. Good lord!! I have to get to work in 4 hours! Better get some sleep! [​IMG]

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  7. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Lookin' REAL good Steve. Oh and welcome to 0n30 the only scale with 3 gauges.:D
  8. TinGoat

    TinGoat Ignorant know it all

    Very nice....

    Very nice work Steve. :cool:

    I've been collecting materials and ideas for my On30 module all summer, but I have yet to get to work on any of it.... :(

    I'll have to call around to the local hobby shops and find out if any of them have restocked spikes.

    It seems that both Den of Trains and George's Trains have been out of stock all summer long.... :mad: :mad: :mad:
  9. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    The trestle looks good!, can't wait to see some scenery around it!:) :)
  10. TinGoat

    TinGoat Ignorant know it all

    Wow... That was fast...

    Going from scratch to a scenicked layout instantly.

    Very nice work Tyson. ;) Is it too late to enter that in the Magic Photo Contest?
  11. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Nice work Steve! :cool:
  12. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Super Nice Steve!!:) Its got a real backwoods flavor to it:D :D

    PS: That ain't 'backy juice in the jar is it???:D :D :D Looks like Brakeman Bob could stand a fresh plug:D :D :D
  13. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    Nice rustic-looking unit Steve..what is the make of that locomotive ? After 45 years in HO, this narrow gauge O is starting to look pretty tempting. Regards / Mike
  14. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    The Little Porter...

    Gee...wish I could boast of a scratchbuilding or even a kitbashing job, but's a ready-to-run Bachmann On30 model. Available for less than $50.00 USD.
  15. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    SLOW Progress...

    I haven't had much time lately, but here's how I'm doing.

    I made a pair of "concrete feet" from pink styrofoam, painted with Floquil's Foundation which will be blended into eventual scenery. I've added a crossbeam sort of thing, but haven't yet installed NBW castings, I still cannot finish work before 9:00 pm when the hobby store closes, and still have not been able to go GET those NBW castings.

    Here's a shot of my progress.:)

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  16. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    A Top View...

    I just posed the track to get a visual "feel" for how the track will eventually :D look.

    Before I lay the track, I'm going to work on the approaches to this little trestle, in the hopes of acheiving a smooth track transition from base to bridge and back to base again.

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  17. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Rough Ground Contours...

    I've used pink styrofoam for the rough landform leading from the trestle to the small creek below. I haven't glued it together yet, as I still have tweaking to go, as you can see. Does anyone know if I can just use regular white glue to do this? Do I HAVE to use a "liquid Nails" type specialty adhesive for styrofoam?

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  18. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Hey Steve,
    That's a great lookin' trestle!! I like those concrete foundations, too.
    I've been using Titebond yellow carpenter's glue on just about everything, even roadbed and track. Try a test piece or two if you have reservations....:D
    from Olive Branch,

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