Andrew’s viaduct

Andrew’s been in touch again.

(He did a fantastic how to on a bridge made from razors, believe it or not. Part 1 is here, and part 2 is here.)

This time he’s showing off his viaduct, which I think looks excellent.

“Hi Alastair

Since my scratch but girder bridge I’ve moved a little forward and bought 3 viaduct kits and done a bit of doctoring to make them fit the layout backdrop and down to the bottom end of the layout.

I’ve also done a canal scenery and used false grass cut along each seam for reeds and stuck with clear hot glue, which is quite impressive if I say so my self, I will wait the readers comments.

The canal was made from a base board MDF and painted to match a photo of my local canal.

More later.

Here are my pics


OO scale viaduct

OO scale viaduct

OO scale viaduct

I always find it amazing how a little doctoring and scratch building transforms any kit – it has been a very common theme of the posts over the years.

That’s all for today peeps.

Please do keep ’em coming folks. Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

And if you’re tired of sitting on the side lines, a great way to plan and start your layout is with the Beginner’s Guide.



34 Responses to Andrew’s viaduct

  1. Alan Boswell says:

    That is brilliant and it just shows how large your imagination can take you.

  2. David De Bondi says:

    What a fabulous result Andrew.

  3. Keith Miller says:

    The water looks good Andrew. You say it’s painted MDF – I think there is more to it than that! MDF has a flat, very smooth surface, which is a good start, but can you tell us more, including paint details? Taking a photo of a real canal is a good idea: We seem to have a tendency to remember water as blue!

  4. Lin harbertson says:

    Regarding obtaining kits. I am in Virginia and running O gauge.

  5. Dangerous Dave says:

    Looks well Andrew , ading the grass around the viaduct base was a good bit of scenic touch up …Dave

  6. Glyn says:

    Beautifully done Andrew – love the multiple kit bashing idea to create a strong visual impact and the water looks great – Glyn

  7. Marty says:

    Great job. It looks very realistic,

  8. Roy Forbes says:

    Very impressive. Keep it up.

  9. Ralph says:

    A splendid viaduct. The water in the canal is very successful.

  10. Phillip says:

    Great job, indeed! I am hoping someone might have some ideas on modeling a structure like the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Lochaber, Scotland.

  11. Phillip Moore says:

    Great job, indeed! I am hoping someone might have some helpful ideas for modeling the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Lochaber, Scotland.

  12. John says:

    How long is this viaduct in actual feet / inches

    This is HO, correct??

  13. paul Otway says:

    Great looking bridge

  14. Jeff says:

    I’m amazed at the realism, especially the canal. I’m 65 & I’ve never seen a blue canal. Great job Andrew! Pops

  15. Victor Heffren says:

    Beautiful job—looks real. thanks Vic

  16. kevin says:

    What a very well constructed via duct, a lot of patience was involved here, beautiful!!!!!!

  17. Ross Johnston says:

    Great job Andrew! Unfortuneately we don’t have that many canals in Australia, if any., Thanks for sharing. Cheers Rossco, Adelaide, South Australia

  18. Peter Stilts says:

    It is these additions which changes a layout into a realistic setting and therefore believable. Instead of being a train set with buildings an bridges not attached to the ground.

  19. steve perlman says:

    Very realistic impression.
    Great effort.
    I would love to see a better framed pic.( Only the scenery) with some rolling stock and maybe a loco.

  20. Ian Mc Donald says:

    great work. so real to look at,

  21. Norman Long says:

    Well done and impressive….my question is where does one find the backdrop scenery that you used behind your viaducts?…..Thanks…..Norm

  22. Ken Stramel says:

    What a great idea. I’ll look into that too. Thanks

  23. Rich B. says:

    Doesn’t get any better, like contrast of inner arch roofs. Have seen the opposite with barges going down the viaduct and tracks, road below lol. In France somewheres connected with the canals. Don’t change though.

    Regards, Rich B.

  24. Well done, Andrew. Looks like it could be a scene from Midsomer Murders! Grasses at the pillars add a lot!

    MN Dan

  25. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Andrew….. You are so right….just add a little touch whether it be color or crates or scenery to a kit and it makes it come alive. Fantastic viaduct…..impressive. I love those reeds…… I have plans for a small bridge over a stream and, if you don’t mind, will copy your idea.

  26. Ted Rothstein says:

    Reminded me of Rockville on the Susquehanna

  27. Alan says:

    I really think it is impressive. Yes the reeds are great. Are you planning on changing the backdrop behind to reflect the viaduct scene? I think the water needs to continue rearward to the backdrop to complete the illusion.

  28. Richard says:

    Very realistic, good job

  29. Ralph says:

    Great work Andrew, getting so much variety into that narrow space.

  30. Very impressive and realistic.

  31. Tom Appel from Wisconsin Rapids says:

    Where did you purchase the viaduct kits from? They look great!!! I have a similar location for them but these look real!!

  32. Erick says:

    Looks Great.!!!!! Keep up the good work.

  33. David W; Pittsfield, MA USA says:

    Two Thumbs Up !!! Awesome work.

  34. Tom Appel says:

    Who did you purchase the viaduct kits from? Great job!!!!! Water looks fantastic!!!

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