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 Posted: Fri May 13th, 2011 09:27 pm
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So, I am looking into scratch building a wooden trestle, but I don't know what size, but it will be on a 32" radius, and will be about, 5 and a half foot long. So, I was wondering if any one could lead me in the right direction on where to start, and what materials I should use. Or, if need be I can build the scenery, and then build it to the contour of the hills, the way the protos did it, much like the way I shall do everything for my layout. Advice?

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 Posted: Fri May 13th, 2011 10:53 pm
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The best way is to use a jig and template. You can draw a jig for build the same size all legs, and the template for track work. There are many timber sizes. I asume you are working with 0n30 for that radius...



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 Posted: Fri May 13th, 2011 11:01 pm
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Lucas Gargoloff wrote: The best way is to use a jig and template. You can draw a jig for build the same size all legs, and the template for track work. There are many timber sizes. I asume you are working with 0n30 for that radius...
Actually that is an HO radii, or whatever that would be in Sn42. I am going to use code 83 track, which is like 70 pound rail in Sn42. Any idea for sources for the wood?

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 Posted: Fri May 13th, 2011 11:24 pm
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Don't know where to begin! Maybee some pictures will help a little bit. The trestlebridge I made is in use for a small diorama in N scale. So measurements I can't give you, but perhaps it gives you an idea. A home made template. The template with all parts in place. One of the ready trestle. The (almost) ready bridge. Top of the bridge.  

Add on: The next side has a nice technical section that will answer some of your questions: http://www.blackbearcc.com/bridge_tech_support.htm

Good luck!

 

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Hi Tate,

 there are as many ways to build a trestle as there are modelers. I would start with a paper mock-up which I would use as a template for the wooden parts if I am happy with my planning.

 You may get the wood at your local hobby shop ($$$) or at a home improvement market ($$) or in the woods (free of cost, but not free of work but then just like the protos did).

 You might even collect the wooden shafts of the firework rockets after a firework (that is if private fireworks aren't illegal in your country). Over here there is a big tradition to launch small firework rockets at the change of a year, so January, 1st is a modelers "free trestle wood collecting day". ;)

 The bents for this straight and small trestle I am working on

http://home.arcor.de/helmut.barth/private/0n30/Porter-0-4-0-Tender2/IMG_0883.html

are from stated firework rocket shafts, the ties and stringers are from a home improvement market and the rail is Peco Code 100. (sorry, I don't have a better picture of the trestle at this time)

regards, Helmut


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 Posted: Sat May 14th, 2011 05:37 pm
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Thanks everyone! I think I shall start working on it soon, maybe even this week!

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Atually, instead of sctratchbuilding one, I am going to buy a kit for one tht is 36" long, that's just what I wanted!

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Tate , here is a scratchbuilt trestle in O scale using just one template .....I just sort of "winged it " from pics I had seen ....used tichy nut/bolt items for more realism .The scene still needs work to complete it .  How is your project coming along ?

Terry

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teejay99 wrote:

Tate , here is a scratchbuilt trestle in O scale using just one template .....I just sort of "winged it " from pics I had seen ....used tichy nut/bolt items for more rea;ism . How is your project coming along ?

Terry

My project is coming, still coming up with trackplan...takes FOREVER! Glad I don't model in a larger space, takes for ever just or a 14x14 room. Plan on having it a curved trestle, and about 3' long. Will make smaller ones first before the big one, also, might just make the long one from a kit, but what should I get, the HO or O scale one? Will scratchbuild the little ones, will get build as soon as I get the layout started, which will be when summer starts.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 16th, 2011 10:12 pm
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Tate , since I'm new here I don't know anything about your experience and background in mrring .

My "two farthings worth " as to track planning :

I think folks should consider what they want the trains to do on the layout . Too often I see layouts that are completed but aren't used much because there is nothing to do except watch trains go round and round ....OK if that's what you want ....but railroads were built to work hauling passengers or freight , finished products , raw materials , waste materials ....and on and on . When I was building my steel mill layout years ago ( now torn down ) I kept this in mind and it seemed to help in the planning .

There is a lot of mrring to be had in a 14 X 14 room if it is planned properly . Maybe consider a point-to-point operation because turning trains around for continuous run takes a LOT of space . Keep the benchwork narrow enough so you can lean over it properly to reach the back ....as we get older it's just tougher to do !!

If you need track plan books I have 3 to suggest that are excellent :

1) Track Plan Ideas from Model Railroader ( 58 plans by Bob Hayden )

2) 101 Track Plans for Model Railroaders ( Linn Westcott )

3) 48 Top Notch Track Plans ( from Model Railroader Magazine )

All 3 books have a variety of layout sizes to fit all spaces .

 

Terry

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