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24 September 2014

Work starts on the Trestle

I love trestle bridges and I love brick work so it's only natural that both will be a focal point when it comes to MRWAIN.
The above image depicts how my imagination can take over sometimes when it comes to designing and building a scene. In the real world the railway would probably never have built a structure like the above for various reasons, cost, overly complex or simply not needed but I believe in modellers rights.
I know you have already picked up on the fact that the two brick piers supporting the bents are not in place on the opposite side of the arch and that's because I haven't done them yet.

The yellow flexible strap for want of a better name and there is one but I can't remember it has been in regular use on the railway. Perfect for achieving natural curves when laying track and perfect for getting my natural curve for the trestle. I have laid it level between the two brick pillars and attach the bents via rubber bands to it.
I'm building the bridge as I go, just like in the real world, no building it up side down like many do.
At both ends of the trestle there will be timber bridges spanning the gaps between the brick pillars and mother earth. One will be an arch and the other a deck truss.
The truss bridge on the right is a hand made brass unit bought from BLMA in America.

Same scene viewed from a different angle.

The left hand column of this bent was unable to make it to the ground because of a rock so I removed a small section and rested the column on a small brick pillar...told you I like brick work.

Full length view with two bents in place.
Work will start on building more bents as soon as the blasted jig can be found...the old story, placed it in a safe place and you know the rest, can't find it.
Until next time, bye.


1 comment:

  1. Looking good Jim! The trestle inspired by the one at Puffing Billy?