Suspension bridge

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Gary Pfeil, Mar 4, 2003.

  1. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Top Notch!

    Beautiful handiwork! Where did those piers and the abutment come from? They sure are snappy looking. I think that they go extremely nicely with your trestle.:)
  2. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Cool. I'm glad to have feedback indicating the abutment looks ok. thanks everyone. Steve, the piers and abutment are from Chooch, I just had to cut the piers down and have to shim the abutment up. The detail on them is great, I still need to highlight them a bit to make that detail pop out. But overall they are done. Thanks again.
  3. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Ken, I would love to meet you and visit a couple hobby shops, but I am flying down on a Saturday and leaving on the following Saturday. If you could do it on a Sunday, that would be great.

  4. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    That's an excellent piece of work Gary!
    :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:
    The colors & weathering are super!
  5. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member


    ...if a company had that much money to plant that much labor into those beautiful piers- why would they top it off with wood? Is this a typical bridgework?

    Was there a budget crisis at the time the bridge was being built? After all, you're building a history. If you told me that's what happened I'd say OK- you're the boss. As a an observer I ask the question out of curiousity.

    The look of those pilings tell me big- wait a sec, BIG BUCKS! Topped off by what sucks uP mud inna swamp crossing? Steel I'd buy- seems reasonable. Wood? Uh- plenty of rock- why not rock to the top???

    Anyway, I like it.


    P.S. I did edit this reply.
  6. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Mark, Your point is well taken and in fact was my first concern when I thought about using the stone piers. It seemed unlikely to me. The truth is that I had that bridge laying around from a previous layout. I had already built the benchwork and roadbed in that area when I unpacked that bridge and found it was the right length for that span. However, its bents were to short. I considered building new bents and that may be the right thing to do. I wrestled with the idea of what else I could do instead. I had three other bridges to build which also span that river, so decided to go ahead and put this one on piers. I had asked Blake for his opinion and he thought it was plausible, but couldn't referance an example. So I ask any fellow Gauge members if they can provide any prototype situation which would help justify what I am going to do regardless! In regard to those other three bridges, a deck girder carrying the double track main is finished except for weathering its concrete piers, another wooden trestle for the Garfield branch is approaching completion, its deck has running rails laid (with tie plates and four spikes per tie, what was I thinking) its bents are built, just need to install guard rails, wood walkway and railing and a lot of bolt/washer castings, and the fourth is a road bridge nearing completion as well. I need to get the bridges in place so I can finish the riverbanks prior to pouring the river itself.

    I'm glad you edited your post, I did see the original last night but was too tired to respond. I should tell fellow members that Mark and I know each other and ...kind of understand each other. He's a dick, a dick, a big fat dick. Not to be misconstued as flaming, its just a blast from the past.

    Mark, with the weather due to improve soon you should consider coming up one weekend day, I'll have Blake over to do some operating.
  7. Uteram

    Uteram Member

    Very nice Gary. I love low lying trestles!
  8. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Gary, just an idea:

    The trestle looks quite new and un-weathered.
    So what do you think about the following story: A few weeks back a severe thunderstorm led to a heavy flash flood which took out the old steel deck bridge :(.
    Since this line is VERY important, something had to be done - and QUICK! So the track maintenance dept. installed a wooden trestle - until a new steel bridge is constructed. ;) The traffic gets through, but of course the bridge can only be crossed at low speed (15 mph?), much to the consternation of the engineers! :mad:

    Of course, in this case the piers and abutments look way too new. They should be heavily weathered, overgrown with some moss. Perhaps there is still some debris of the flood around, and on the upper surfaces of the piers there are heavy rust stains visible. Perhaps a little bit downstream there are one or two girders looking out of the mud... :rolleyes:


    PS: Sorry, I can't offer any pic - such a situation is not very common... :D :D :D
  9. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    I was just going to bite my tounge for a bit, the trestle, resting on those stone piers just looks too good to change it, and the abutments match the piers, so no problem there. All it needs is a good story.
    The steel arches on my modules originally carried only narrow gauge track. Someone commented that the bridge was "too expensive" for narrow gauge.......I made it dual gauge!
  10. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    Gary, you're sooooooo...

    ...right. Hehehehehehe. But, I knew you'd appreciate my comments and your consideration tells me so.

    Tell ya the truth- I was typing like I was talking with ya.

    I am getting ready for the first burst of that earthy smell from the ground that tells me spring is here and then I'll make a Bee Line. All these little teases here on The Gauge are making me crazy.

    It's nice coming home with a little daylight now so it won't be long.

    Catch ya inna bit.

    Oh- I'm gonna post the MCL Track Plan for you and Blake look over and beat up. I'll drop an email with the link.

  11. Wyomingite

    Wyomingite Member

    Hi Gary,

    That is one great looking bridge. Keep the pictures coming.

    Ron ;)
  12. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    The ex-president's brother-in-law is in the brick business and the ex-president threw some business his way. Board of directors didn't find out until it was just about finished.
    Anyway, it looks neat.
  13. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Pete, I guess a good story is all I need, huh? Thanks to Ron and David for providing a couple. I like the idea of adding rust streaks down the piers and abutments, they should look good. If you were to see the entire area of the river it would be apparent that it couldn't flood to that level (there is a small damn just downstream, you can see where the unpainted plywood ends and some painted a light blue is beyond, that is where the damn is). But that's ok, I like it anyway. If anyone gives me a hard time, I'll do what Jon suggested in another thread, I'll give em a raspberry. In a few days I'll post a picture from the other end of the river, where the other wood trestle will be. Thanks everybody!
  14. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Ok Gary, so there was no flood... hmmm... Hey, the bridge is at the end of a curve! Ok, here we go again:

    Remember the night four months ago when Bill 'Blast-off' Throttleman ran way too fast down the line? :mad:

    Ten feet ahead of the steel deck bridge (again!!! :D) the inevitable happened: His engine left the track, rattled out onto the bridge, which was shifted sideways and crashed down into the river, taking half the train with it. :eek:

    End of the story (emergency repair with a trestle...) --> just like like before! :D :D :D

    This way you don't even have to generate a thunderstorm. BTW: Billy survived the crash with only a few scratches - but the rest of the engineers were happy that you fired this LPB on the spot. ;)

  15. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    I've been working on the other wood trestle which crosses the same river as the bridge which started this thread. I now only have to finish the walkway, then glue the bents on and install. The road bridge is just behind.

    Attached Files:

  16. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Looks like it's going to be a beaut Gary
    Will watch for progress.

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