Dean’s latest update

Dean’s been in touch again (you know how I love an update). You can see his last post here.

“Greetings from Dean from across the Pond.

Here are some notes on the construction of a bridge for the Piedra Blanca and Pacific RR. To cross over from the old section to the new, I needed to build a rather long bridge (two sections) over a river canyon and was worried about keeping it straight and level. It’s the highest point on the railroad and the track had to rise up to it on both sides. The solution was to build the approach track level for several inches on both sides and to tape the bridge sections to the level during construction. Here are the progress pictures.

Photo one shows the track on both sides with the two bridge sections in place. Before adding the center support, I taped the bridge sections to the level to keep everything straight as I added the center support. Note the ease of construction of the sub-structure which was built up of bits and pieces of Styrofoam hot-glued together.

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In photo 2 below I added the center support (two bridge abutments glued together). I fastened the support to the bottom of the bridge, then ran some plaster below it to hold everything steady. Then removed the level.

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Photo three shows the new area covered with final scenery–plaster cloth with added ground cover, rocks, and bushes.

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The final photo shows everything completed. The house owners put up their house without benefit of a building permit and didn’t realize that it was built on the flood plain of the Piedra Blanca River which becomes a raging torrent in the spring. Thus, it has to be torn down or moved—not too costly since it is built of cardboard and paper. The backdrop is an actual photo of the mountains and White Rock Canyon near my house.

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I’m already looking forward to the next update. A huge thanks to Dean. If it’s got you inspired, the Beginner’s Guide is here.

And don’t forget today is the last day for the Embankment offer. Thanks for all your emails on it. Can’t wait to see some the piccies. There’s also some wonderful comments on the question that post raises: how long does it take to build a layout. Click and scroll down to see ’em.

That’s all this time folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

Best

Al

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12 Responses to Dean’s latest update

  1. Rod Mackay says:

    Beautiful job, really looks a necessary part of the landscape, and the fit with the backscene is excellent.
    Rod

  2. Cary B says:

    Very nice Dean, Thanks for sharing. Gives me another idea on start of my layout.

    Cary B New Market MD

  3. Danny says:

    That looks really good Dean,I have a similar situation only my bridges are in the center of my layout.
    I love the backdrop also.there are allot of mountains near me also.
    I think iam going to tempt the same thing you did.
    Thanks again.
    Awesome
    Danny from Edinburg Va

  4. d j howarth says:

    As said very nice backdrop there …love the scenics and bridge work …Dangerous dave

  5. Rob McCrain says:

    Well done. You solved your bridging problem well.

  6. Lee Barry says:

    Great looking bridge and scenery.

  7. Dave Fairfull says:

    Nice job Dean! Your photo made into a back drop sets it off nicely.
    Well done.
    Dave F.
    Elora, Canada

  8. Chuck Bartunek says:

    Looks very good,how about a layout diagram?

  9. ARNIE STEINER says:

    Hi Dean — Very nice landscaping work and very creative use of the a level if you want absolute accuracy in obtaining level elevated terrain. The scenery and backdrop add so much to capturing a greater sense of realism. Keep up the good work. — Arnie

  10. James says:

    what scale is it

  11. Ben Taul says:

    that’s just plane cool

  12. Ben Taul says:

    see what you can do when you let imagenation run wild.

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