Unique model railroad structure plan-sets designed in CAD.
Vilas County Lumber Company
Plan-Sets offered to construct Trestles and Viaducts.
Trestle - Double Track Timber (1:24 scale) •••• This Plan-Set is for typical freelance timber bents. Drawn is a 48-½ʺ tall bent (can easily be adjusted in 12ʺ story increments) with a 19ʺ base. Bents are spaced at 7-½ʺ. Plan-Set includes: 8) 13" x 19" super B and 4) 9-½ʺ x 13" super A size sheets with the 48 ½ʺ bent shown in full size to use as a template with all details dimensioned thereby not requiring scaling of drawings.
Boom - Patented •••• The “prototype” for this machine was a poor reproduction of a patent drawing. Was it ever built? The only one I know of is the one I built for the Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. The patent drawing is included in a drawing. This boom is part of a Building The RR Vignette showing the American RR going west. Plan-Set includes; 2) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13" super A size scaling sheets.
Viaduct - Single Track “Steel” •••• This unique spindly Steel Trestle design Plan-Set includes options to build towers for any railroad era based on prototypical practices. Readily available commercial members are recommended for constructions that only have to be cut to length with no difficult cuts and easily bonded together. The tower shown is 60’ (30ʺ) tall and can easily be modified in 7-½ʺ story increments. The Material List, lists the number of items and their lengths needed to make this unique spindly Steel Trestle. Members are printed in color for easy identification and assembly.
Options also include different sizes of detail members for prototypically shorter and taller towers. Other options included variations from riveted construction with turnbuckles and truss rod diagonals from earlier turn of the last century steel trestles to modern welded constructed trestles.
Plan-Set includes 7) 13" x 19" super B size sheets drawn for 30ʺ tall towers, full scale construction, cutting and optional rivet drilling templates are included. 2) 9-½ʺ x 13" A size scaling sheets.
Trestle - Single Track Timber (1:24 scale) •••• This Plan-Set is for typical freelance timber bents found in deep canyons and ravines in the early days of railroading. Drawn is a four story 48-½ʺ tall bent (can easily be adjusted in 12ʺ story increments) with a 19ʺ base. Bents are recommended spaced at 7ʺ to 8ʺ apart. Plan-Set includes: 7) super B and 4) super A size sheets with the 48 ½ʺ bent shown in full size to use as a template with all details dimensioned thereby not requiring scaling of drawings.
Trestle - Single Track Wood Pile •••• Pile (being round poles as compared to rectangular timbers) trestles were the preferred choice of railroads if soil conditions allowed for the driving of piles. 16ʺ tall bents have an 8-½ʺ base, 31-⅜ʺ tall bents have an 13-⅛ʺ base. Construction materials can be used for indoor layouts or outdoor railroad gardens. Plan-Set includes: 3) 13" x 19" super B size sheets with finished photos, 31-⅜ʺ bent is drawn full size for use as a template. 2) 9-½ʺ x 13" super A size sheets. Ask about taller templates.
This page was last updated September 20, 2017
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Available for Bridge, Trestle and Viaducts are lists of acceptable RR garden materials, adhesives, paints and UV stabilization.
Plan-Sets contain major train modeling scale conversions to convert our Plan-Sets to 22 popular scales.
Platform - Safety Island •••• Every railroad with trestles (steel or wood) needs Safety Island Platforms for the safety of its employees who got caught on a trestle as a train approached. A bucket of sand with a barrel of water would be included to extinguish fires on wood trestles started by the hot coals from a steam engine. Safety Island Platforms would be located from 50΄ to 150΄ along trestles depending on the railroad’s standards. This plan is a dimensioned 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B size 3-D rendering, picture and an outdoor material recommendations.
The Great Kinzua Viaduct (2052' long) in HO scale with a Plan-Set of 26) 13" x 19" super B and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13" A size scaling sheets. Modeled in HO scale this trestle would be 23.5' long. Even if you don't have this amount of space you could construct a finescale model with commercial items in space available.
1:24 scale plan sets include printing and dimension conversion factors to other popular scales.
Trestle - Single Track Timber (1:48 scale) •••• 24-¼ʺ tall bents (can easily be adjusted in 6ʺ story increments), spaced 3-½ʺ to 4ʺ apart, 3) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B and 2) super A sheets showing bents full scale.
Viaduct - Double Track “Steel” •••• Plan-Set includes 15) 13" x 19" super B size sheets drawn for 30ʺ tall towers, full scale construction, cutting and optional rivet drilling templates are included. 1) 9-½ʺ x 13" A size scaling sheets.
Viaducts have been loosely defined as multispan bridges.
Don't have room for a Trestle or Viaduct? Just build a couple bents under construction, maybe with a Boom showing construction.
Viaducts have been loosely defined as multispan bridges.
Instead of spanning a valley, road, stream, or another railroad track, only with trestles, incorporate a timber truss bridge in the center of the span or at one or both ends.
Wood and Steel Bridge & Steel Painting •••• The easy "Spritz" Method.
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Trestle - Double Track Timber (1:48 scale) •••• 24-¼ʺ tall bents (can easily be adjusted in 6ʺ story increments), spaced 3-½ʺ to 4ʺ apart, 5) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B and 2) super A sheets showing bents full scale.
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