Placing the two sections together shows some of the problems-they were never intended to go together. The lighting in the garage is minimal, so excuse the quality of the construction pics: By this time I had already started using the "fine adjustment tool" (sawzall) to remove a part of the cliffs on the canyon to match them to Cevaza Mesa. Underneath the Mesa i am building storage and a bookshelf. Perhaps if I make it nice enough the wife will encourage me to put in inside the house
Here you can see one of my engineering booboos: The hump at the entry of the bridge has caused alot of coupler issues, not to mention an unrealistic bump. I need to find a way to pull the ends of the bridge downward, as the vertical cables pull it up, causing the hump. I'm hoping a couple of anchor cables, like the prototype will work...
Its a dramatically stunning piece of scenery work. The rockwork and the backscene are very well done, and the clean finish of the framing underneath gives it a very profesional look. I'd be more than happy to run a display piece like that across the backwall of my entertaining room. With the opportunity to incorporate a bit of furniture into the piece as well (with the bookcase ends) makes it functional as well as artistic.
The backside of the mesa section required liberal use of the Fine Adjustment Tool: This section was intended to have a backdrop. In order to make it work with the other module I needed to remove nearly half of the mountain to make room for a small yard. The local residents will be in an uproar when they find out that the railroad will be turning this 18th Century Spanish Colonial church into an engine house & shops!
Last edited on Sun Dec 19th, 2010 04:37 am by elminero67
Herb-IIRC the bridge was built on a slight slope so that the loaded cars rolled on their own accross the bridge to the mill. The empties were hauled back to the mine (the adit opened at the other side of the bridge) -In short it is a little stretch to use full size motive power on the model version... as a footnote, there were a couple of other railroad/suspension bridges built by Roebling, most notably the one at Niagra Falls built in 1886 that was rated at 350 tons.