N scale trestle bridge – Bob’s

Bob’s been in touch with his N scale trestle bridge:

“Al…Bob in Texas here.

I wanted to share a brief update on my N scale layout.

Like so many of the contributors to your blog, the limiting factor for my layout was space, more precisely, not enough of it. But things do have a way of changing.

Our youngest daughter, Samantha, recently graduated from high school and left for university.

Before she left, she offered me part of her bedroom as an annex for my office. I think she was afraid we would rent her bedroom to boarder…ha, ha! I now have additional space in office to expand my layout.

I mentioned in my original post that I try to incorporate trestle bridges in my layout as much as possible.

From the first time I saw the black and white photograph, I have been fascinated by the Two Mountain Creek timber trestle bridge on the Great Northern Railway in Montana. I believe it was constructed sometime around the turn of the century.

With all my new-found space, I decided to incorporate my interpretation of this amazing structure into my layout. I hope you enjoy the photographs.

Now that I have room to grow, I’m sure I will be sending more updates.

Thanks again Al for all your hard work. It is much appreciated.

Until next time,

Bob in Texas”

trestle bridge N scale

N scale trestle bridge steam train

trestle bridge overhead view

vintage photo of wooden trestle bridge

You’ll remember Bob’s N scale trestle bridges in his other layout – it’s bit of a stunner. Here’s just one of the pics of his layout:

If you’d like to see all of Bob’s pics from the last post, his N scale layout is right here.

What’s more, shortly afterwards, Bob was kind enough to talk us through his layout in another post, which is here.

I do so enjoy seeing all your layouts expand, grow and change over the months and years.

It just goes to show, a layout is never really finished…

“Dear Alastair,

Some of your contributors send photos of their excellent electric wiring, all neat and tidy.

This might be a bit intimidating and could worry anyone new to the hobby, on a limited budget or lacking electrical experience.

Just in case anyone has concerns here are some photos of the spaghetti of electric wiring of my latest DC layout.

It has taken me 4 layouts to get them this well organised.

Best wishes

Andrew form Oz”

model railroad wiring

model railway wiring

model railroad control panel

(Andrew’s last post is here.)

Now on to Hall of Fame member, Dave:

“Hi Al,

just uploaded this video as a weekend special, good few Loco`s with various stock all turning out to get the passengers to the seaside, even Tonys is operating fully again now…



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

That’s all for today folks.

A big thanks to Bob, Dave and Andrew.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to make that start.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

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18 Responses to N scale trestle bridge – Bob’s

  1. Stephen Dean says:

    What great scenery. A great layout.

  2. Colin Edinburgh says:

    Once again Dave. Great video. Looks like the trains were in a bit of a rush to get the passengers to the seaside.

  3. Macbear says:

    Always something to raise a smile with Dave’s posts. The road train in the middle sequence, for one thing. Now there’s a challenge to a scratch modeller if ever I saw one!

  4. Jim Marek says:

    The tressel bridge is awesome. Great craftsmanship right there but I’ve never seen one with stones for balast.

  5. Erick says:

    Great work.!!!

  6. JOHN C PEARSON says:

    I am not familiar with Two Mountain Creek Trestle in Montana. There is a Trestle over the Two Medicine River called Two Medicine Bridge on the Great Northern. The modeled bridge does look great.

  7. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Bob in Texas…….that is one heck of a layout…….beautiful……and the bridges…….superb. Great job.

  8. Anton Bruce says:

    Bob, that trestle is a fabulous work of art, skill, and I am willing to bet TONS of patience. Thank you so much for the pics!

  9. Kenneth Leo Cline II says:

    Love the bridges. are your trellis bridges a kit or did you make them from scratch? I am trying to find a SLT program to print trellis bridges on my 3D printer

  10. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Bob man!! what a bridge stunning!!

  11. Dean says:

    That’s a real cool bridge, I’ve been to it several times. The Charlie Russell Choo Choo starts their in the summer, an excellent train ride. I live here in Montana and try to get out as much as I can.

  12. Ralph says:

    I am so glad somebody else has electrical wiring similar to mine. 🙂
    This is doubly embarrassing since I am a retired electrical teacher and an author of a text book for electricians.
    Keep up the good work everyone, i love seeing all these wonderful layouts.

  13. Brian Olson says:

    Two words: Oh wow!

  14. robert dale tiemann says:

    love the tressil bridges, great scenery.

  15. John Hauser - LINY says:

    Bob, Great trestle bridge!

    Andrew: I justify my electrical ” spaghetti” as the an end result of much fun on the surface and toil underneath.

    DAVE: If ever one despairs and needs the HOLY GRAIL of a Model RR to restore the spark of enthusiasm, your video’s and years of effort show us the way! BRAVO!!!!

  16. Ed says:

    The first photo looks like it is straight out of a Wes Anderson film (If you haven’t seen one try “The Grand Budapest Hotel”); a gorgeous but disciplined color palette, masterful use of symmetry, meticulous attention to detail, and a delight in the spectacle. There are a lot of great layouts on this site, but this is the first I’ve felt I had to compliment.

  17. John P Verrengia says:

    Terrific layout. Looks like you got the most out of the area. I’m a fan

  18. Stephen White says:

    Andrew from AUS….Nice work. To add another idea re spaghetti wiring, I raised the track by 50mm (2″) above the baseboard. I did this with 50 x 25mm (2″ x 1″) pieces of timber. This then allows at least 50mm of empty space below the track bed to make all the messy wiring you need. SIMPLES !

    Steve (Sydney)

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