Unique model railroad structure plan-sets designed in CAD.
Vilas County Lumber Company
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 that is 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 movable 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 as designed.
Plan-Sets offered to construct Bridges.
Bridge - 67’ 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 and also includes a 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΄ Single and Double Track Long-Panel Timber Deck Truss •••• This truss design is known as a Long-panel Truss of overlapping triangles without vertical posts. This type of truss could be used for bridges up to 200 feet long. This prototypical bridge as designed is 70΄ long (35ʺ in ½ʺ scale) which the size can be easily changed ±12-½΄ (6.25ʺ). Easily constructed for an indoor or outdoor railroad gardens.
Plan-Sets include: 7) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B, 4) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size sheets, which includes a material list with a sawing matrix and full size templates.
Booklet and Plan-Set for both Single & Double track 70΄ Timber Truss Deck Bridge •••• same as above. Plan-Set includes: 13) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B, 10) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size sheets.
Bridge - 50’ King Post Through Truss •••• Designed as a through bridge, as built picture distinction shows a pony version. Construct for indoor or outdoor railroad gardens. Plan-set includes 4) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B size drawings and material list, full scale templates and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size scaling options.
Bridge - 72΄ Queen Post Pony Truss •••• Designed for two tracks, obviously it can be built for a single track. 36ʺ long for 1:24 scale modeling. Plan-Set includes 3) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B size drawings which include full size templates and 2) super A size scaling options.
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 25, 2016
Put our expertise to work for you. At the Vilas County Lumber Company, we can do a custom design for you.
Plan-Sets contain major train modeling scale conversions to convert our 1:24 plan-sets to 22 popular scales.
Bridge and Trestle Booklets with Plan-Sets list acceptable railroad garden materials, adhesives, paints and UV stabilization.
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 the turn-of-the-century turntables built by the Lassig Bridge Co. of Chicago, before, and after the Lassig Co. was purchased by the American Bridge Co. Many of these 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 RRs at varying lengths.
Obviously this design could be easily lengthened for larger engines and tenders. All details are commercially available or styrene shapes cut to length, from full scale templates in the plan-set.
Turning can be accomplished by simply turning with a couple fingers as was accomplished prototypically by a good man or the plan-set gives you the option of using commercial gears. Such turning eliminates fancy electronics if used in a railroad 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.
This Plan-Set consists of 10) 13" x 19" super B sheets and 2) 9-½" x 13" super A sheets which include a Material List, painting, turning and electrical polarity options. Skill levels required to build this Turntable varies. Side girder plates fastened to a block is the easiest, or use styrene shapes riveted to the girder plates for the most skilled finescale modeler, with variations in-between.
This 60’ Lassig Turntable as designed is 30” long in 1:24 scale. As designed it would be acceptable for other Large Scales, with lengths as follows:
Why is a Turntable also on our Bridge page? Because, technically, Turntables are 3-Point Rotating Bridges!
Single Track Deck Plan-Set ONLY $15
Double Track Deck Plan-Set ONLY $16
Booklet with both Plan-Sets $25
Deck Bridges - Horizontal Lateral Truss work is below trackage.
Through Bridges - Horizontal Lateral Truss work is above and below trackage.
Pony Bridges - Compression Truss work only extends above trackage and are not connected.
Plan-Set ONLY $19
Booklet with Plan-Set $24
Plan-set ONLY $30
Booklet with Plan-Set $36
Viaducts have been loosely defined as multispan bridges.
Bridges - Howe Single & Double Track Timber Box Truss •••• 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. Plan-Set as designed is 127΄ (63-½ʺ) long, options include: 67΄ (33-½ʺ), 77΄ (38-½ʺ), 117΄ (58-½ʺ), 127΄ (63-½ʺ) and 147΄ (75ʺ) versions. Pile and stacked timber pier options are shown. Material Lists for indoor and outdoor railroad gardens. Full size templates of all truss pieces, material lists for all lengths and Diagonal Socket fixture.
Single-Track Deck Plan-Set only includes: 10) super B sheets & 6) super A sheets.
Double-Track Through Plan-Set only includes: 22) super B sheets & 6) super A sheets.
Booklets with a Plan-Set also include: 14) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ sheets of acceptable garden RR materials, adhesives, painting and weathering instructions, photos and 3-D renderings.
Double Track Deck
Single Track Through
Plan-set ONLY $16
Booklet with Plan-set $26
1:32 (3/8”) scale = 79.72 feet long
1:29 scale = 72.5 feet long
1:24 (1/2”) scale = 60 feet long
1:22.5 (G) scale = 56.25 feet long
1:20.3 (Fn3) scale = 50.75 feet long
1:13.7 (7/8n3) scale = 34.25 feet long
BOOKLET INDEX OF EIGHT (8) TURNTABLES
pages #1&2 - Cover and Index
page #3 - Union Pacific, 1911, American Bridge Co., 80΄ Turntable from Yakima, WA., at the California Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CA.
page #4 - Pere Marquette Railway, 1901, Detroit Bridge & Ironworks, 68.8΄ Turntable from Petosky, MI., at Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI.
page #5 - Soo Line, American Bridge Co., 70΄ Turntable from Weyerhaeuser, WI., at Camp 5 Logging Museum, Laona, WI.
pages #6 & 7 - Drawings of Eureka Springs Railroad, 1910, Philadelphia Turntable Co., 74.4΄, from Eureka Springs, AK.
page #8 - Eureka Springs, AK., site map drawing with Philadelphia Turntable Co. Turntable.
page #8 - 9-½΄ narrow gauge Industrial Turntable, at the Rhinelander Logging Museum, Rhinelander, WI.
page #9 - Southern Pacific, 1860, 56΄ “A” Frame Gallows Turntable, at Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, NV.
page #10 - Chicago & North-Western, 1910, American Bridge Co., 80΄ Turntable from Harvard, IL., at the Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL.
page #10 - 1918, C&N-W Right-of-Way drawing of Winegar, Wisc. with a 60΄ Lassig Turntable.
page #11 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Super B Drawing and Renderings of 30ʺ model Turntable Deck and Pit Drain.
page #12 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Super B Drawing of Top and Side views of 30ʺ model Turntable.
page #13 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Super B Renderings of Turntable Trucks and Locking Mechanism.
page #14 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Super B Drawing and Rendering of Gussets and Angle Bracing, plus Rendering of finescale Roller Pedestal.
page #15 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Super B Drawing and Pictures of Gearing and Axel Bearings.
page #16 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Super B Polarity drawing.
page #17 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Super B drawing of full size Templates with Material List for a 30ʺ model Turntable.
page #18 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Super B drawing of Cord full size Template with Angle Bracing Assembly for a 30ʺ model Turntable.
page #19 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Super B drawing of Angle Bracing, Stiffeners and Gusset full size Templates for a 30ʺ model Turntable.
page #20 - 19ʺ x 13ʺ Super B 60΄ Lassig Turntable Overview with Deck, and Truck, plus 30ʺ model Turntable Diagonal Angles and Gussets.
page #21 - Fractions - Decimals - Millimeter Chart.
page #22 - Rules for Painting and Rusting a steel Turntable model.
page #23 - Turntable Modeling References.
Model railroads that have a steam locomotive on its roster need a wooden bridge.
Wood was readily available throughout most of the North America Continent in the early days of railroading, thereby minimizing construction costs. The need for an arch was eliminated by the use of bridges designed solely with Trusses therefor reducing construction time.