Unique model railroad structure plan sets designed in CAD.
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Bridge - Bascule •••• Bascule bridges were, and can still be found in many cities where trains needed to cross rivers. This is prototypical design of the CNW bridge still located on the north branch of the Chicago river by Kinzie St. Bascule is based on the French word meaning “see-saw,” a Bascule bridge features a moveable span which rotates on trunnion (a horizontal axis). A large concrete counterweight offsets the weight of the structure. This bridge is being designed with styrene shapes to represent steel for indoor and outdoor railroad gardens. Designed for a single track. Footprint 95ʺ x 10 ¾ʺ.
Plan-sets offered to construct Bridges.
Bridge - 48’ Timber Deck •••• This prototypical bridge as designed has a footprint of 24ʺ x 10ʺ for a single track. Easily constructed for a double track for indoor or outdoor railroad gardens. Optional wood or pipe railings. Plan-set includes: 2) super B, and 1) A size sheet material list.
Bridge - Pratt Steel Trussed Through Tied Arch •••• This 108ʺ tied arch (bowstring) type is commonly used for suspension bridges. First, it is claimed by many that suspension bridges were not used for trains. NOT true! I have seen documentation on two RR suspension bridges. This bridge would look good in a railroad garden. A tied arch resists spreading (drift) at its bearing by using the deck as a tie place. This bridge is being designed with styrene shapes to represent steel for indoor and outdoor railroad gardens.
Bridge - Tied Wood Through Arch •••• This is a great looking freelance 108ʺ bridge that will be the “WOW” factor of everyone entering your railroad garden. This bridge was built with laminated Ipe wood for maximum outdoor longevity and capped with a brass strip for a prototypical look along with threaded brass rod for a nice “transparency” see-through look.
Bridge - 92΄ Long Panel Howe Timber Truss Deck •••• This prototypical bridge as designed is 92΄ long (46ʺ in ½ʺ scale) which the size can be easily changed ± 8-1/3΄ (4-3/16ʺ) designed for single track. Easily constructed for a double track for indoor or outdoor railroad gardens. These two Howe truss bridges we are offering are similar (Howe was the engineer who popularized the “X” bracing for bridges) but, have different details tieing the elements together with different end piers.
Bridge - 70΄ Timber Truss Deck •••• This prototypical bridge is designed at 70΄ long (35ʺ in ½ʺ scale) which the size can be easily changed ± 12-½΄ (6.25ʺ) designed for single track. Easily constructed for a double a track for indoor or outdoor railroad gardens. Plan-set includes: 5) super B, and 1) A size sheet Bill of Material with a sawing matrix. Plan-set contains full size templates with weathering options.
Bridge - Howe Timber Box Truss Deck •••• This prototypical bridge would have been common in the last quarter of the 19th century and if well maintained lasted well into the 20th century. As designed is 77΄ (38-1/2ʺ) long. The plan-set illustrates how to build a; 67΄ (33 ½ʺ), 127’ (63 ½ʺ) and/or 147΄ (73 ½ʺ) versions. Four of the sheets have an element and sections in full scale. Pile and stacked timber pier options are shown. Designed for single track but is easily constructed for a double track for indoor or outdoor railroad gardens. Plan-set includes: 5) super B, and a Bill of Material with a sawing matrix. Plan-set contains full size templates with weathering options.
Bridge - 50’ King Post Truss Through •••• Designed as a through bridge, as built picture distinction shows a pony version. Construct for indoor or outdoor railroad gardens. Plan-set includes 1) 9ʺ x 13½ʺ drawing and 4) super B size and 1) A size Bill of Material with a sawing matrix. Plan-set contains full size templates with weathering options.
Bridge - 72΄ Queen Post Truss Pony •••• Designed for two tracks, obviously it can be built for a single track. 36ʺ long for 1:24 scale modeling. Construct for indoor or outdoor railroad gardens. Plan includes 1) super B size drawing, and a page on weathering the bridge.
Bridge - 144΄ Whipple Bowstring Wood Truss •••• Designed for two tracks, obviously it can be built for a single track. 36ʺ x 26 ½ʺ depending on the height of a trestle pier used.
This page was last updated October 23, 2014
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All plan-sets contain major train modeling scale conversions to convert our 1:24 plan-sets to 22 popular scales.
Included in all Bridge and Trestle plan-sets are lists of acceptable RR garden materials, adhesives, paints and UV protection.
All 1:24 scale plan sets include printing and dimension conversion factors to other popular scales.
The Great Kinzua Viaduct •••• In HO scale. If a scale replica is built this trestle would be 23-¼΄ long. But a fine scale model can be built within the space you have available with commercial available shapes by reducing the number of bents. The plan-set includes 26) B size sheets with a material list.
60' Turntable •••• This 60’ balanced turntable is based on turn-of-last-century turntables built by the Lassig Bridge Co. of Chicago, before and after the Lassig Co. was purchased by the American Bridge Co. Many turntables were still in operation in the 1940's. Lassig built such turntables for the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific, C&NW, Rock Island, and other railroads at varying lengths.
Obviously this design could be easily lengthened for larger engines. All details are commercially available or styrene shapes cut to length, all shown full scale in the plan-set.
Turning can be accomplished by simply turning with a couple fingers as was accomplished prototypically by a couple men or the plan-set gives you the option of using commercial gears. Such turning eliminates fancy electronics if used in a RR garden. A front bicycle or tricycle wheel axle bearing is another turning option (which can be found along any street on “Garbage Day.” Or, a simply block core between riveted side girders fastened to a Lazy Susan is another option.
Why is a Turntable also on our Bridge page? Turntables are actually 3-point rotating Bridges!