John’s model railroad bridge update

John’s bee in touch again, with an update on his stunning bridge (his last post is here).


The bridge module is ready for scenery, trees, dirt and water. Bridges came out pretty good so far, I’ll be going back for “super-detailing” like power lines, safety platforms, tunnel liners, and signals for the tunnels. Probably not going to be able to get back to this until Christmas, as I’m traveling again starting tomorrow, and am teaching some Transit people how to troubleshoot a new train-control system.


“Hi Al , just uploaded this video ….I did say I was going to make a few changes , well here we are , doing a bit more than intended , but now giving me more platform area , a loop track around the Station area , and a smoother run with the curved areas , few tips here on using track spacers , filling in track joints , and maybe a few more on Laying track …..



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here

A huge thanks to Dave and John – stunning stuff.

That’s all today folks.

Don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to get going on your layout. Think of it as the very first step.



14 Responses to John’s model railroad bridge update

  1. Rich B. says:

    Those bridges are extrodinary, also like the derailing rails on the crossing spans. Is that just spare rails glued to existing track? A detail few incorporate.


  2. NJ Mark says:

    John How big is your layout? Those magnificent bridges appear to be monstrous. Not only monstrous but quite beautifully crafted as well. Dave I didn’t think your layout needed any change but you showed me. It looks great so far. Cheers! NJ Mark

  3. Carl says:

    John Outstanding craftsmanship on the bridges, the 3rd picture looks very close to the trestle at the end of our street. Awesome job!

  4. To Rich, Some track manufacturers have that style with the “keeper” tracks available it is just that most hobby shops won’t stock it unless you specifically ask for it. Also you can get the approach track for that.

  5. John N Frye says:

    This is a module, 2 1/2′ by 5′ and is designed to be a “visual centerpiece” of the railroad. it’s just the start of a U shaped 15’X13′ Appalacian Mountaun coal hauling railroad.

    The rails laid in the center of the tracks actually come with bridge track, and are “super-glues in place.
    good questions, thanks, John

  6. Chuck Bartunek says:

    Outstanding craftsmanship, how about more views of the layout

  7. Larry Arendas says:

    I use O Gauge scale and built a 7 foot bridge but
    could not find structural shapes or lattice columns.
    I know you are in HO gauge but what is your source for
    Those shapes you used?

  8. John N Frye says:

    the layout will be built as 3 major modules, this is just the first one being built in my wood shop as the place for the rest of the layout is not prepared yet (too darn much stuff to move!) so there are no other pictures to take. Check the link Al has provided above for my previous update, it has what will be close to the track plan.


  9. Ian McDonald says:

    outstanding detail of those bridges not something you can do in an hour or so. you must have amazing patience and a good eye for realism. Nice changes to the layout Dave a lot of good tips and the curves are very gently thanks for sharing

  10. Michael Day says:

    The most complex bridging I’ve ever seen at any scale, including 12 inches to the foot! The photo showing the train approaching from the top left corner almost makes one dizzy looking down. Outstanding work.

  11. Ron Schultz says:

    After seeing the rebuild job Dave has done I may get busy and refigure my lay out .I cant run completely around mine on a loop to just watch the trains run and can’t run a passenger that way station to station . but i do move a lot of freight with a lot of switching .

  12. David says:

    Hey, John:

    Very, very, nice. Congratulations.

  13. Carl Halgren says:

    Dave, thank you for showing how to insert a sleeper (tie) where lengths of track join. It is really easy, but I have seen many otherwise finished layouts with eye-catching spots where there are missing sleepers. They appear at the three ends of turnouts and then every meter thereafter.

    Where there are rail joiners, in addition to cutting off the spikes and plates, I often need to file down the bottom of a sleeper to make it fit under the joiner.

    Keep on training,
    Carl in Kansas

  14. John N Frye says:

    I have procured most of my lattice and pier materials from vendors on Ebay, also some from Walthers. As for other scales, I don’t know much, as the only other than HO scale stuff I’ve bought are trees. HO trees are a little taller than locomotives, real trees are up to 5 times taller.
    Some of the more interesting detail parts were ordered from Tichy Train Group. They have high quality specialty stuff in several gauges.

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