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