John’s progress on his layout and stunning bridge scene

John’s been in touch again. His first post is on the bottom half of this one.

“Al,

Thanks for running the first part of my “bridge module.” Seeing one’s work is an encouragement to do more.

I made time to put in another few days on the next 2 bridges, and finished painting/weathering the rest of the module’s rock cliffs and concrete features of the bridge piers. I also put the ever-present rust on the first bridge.

I thought some folks might be interested in how the bridges are being constructed, so I have left the thin plywood “dummy track” pieces in the photos, and show how sections are temporarily wired in place.

As I set the heights of the various tracks, I ran into problems with where the bridge tower legs would land (can’t be in the water!) I had to design bridge sections long enough to get across the river. Fitting all of them together required the plywood tracks to hold each in place until they are glued together and painted silver.

By the way, many USA railroad bridges on the east coast are black, but many out west are silver, and I think they show rust and weathering better than black.

I had the concrete piers and walls kind of gray, but when I checked my photos, I see that most concrete around railroads is a lot darker than new concrete, and the rust from rails and wheels add some reddish-iron-oxide into the mix. I’m looking forward to doing the scenery, trees and bushes, dirt and all the vines that are always climbing up the bridge supports around here.

I also sent in the general track plan for the layout, general because I’ll be building the mountains first, and the tracks may have to be modified to fit the terrain. My staging tracks will be housed under the mountains to the left of the drawing, accessed from another door into the room. I’m hoping to have a mini-camera system to see what’s going on under there.

I’m also painting the backdrop in my mind (I’m sure it looks better there than what will be on the module, but one can wish!)

Regards,

John”

A huge thanks to John – you all know how I like an update.

Can’t wait to see the next one.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you are feeling like you’re missing out on the fun.

Lastly, exciting changes soon happening on the ebay cheat sheet is here.

That’s all this time folks – please do keep ’em coming.

Best

Al


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17 responses to “John’s progress on his layout and stunning bridge scene”

  1. Rod Mackay says:

    Excellent track plan, plenty of operating interest, realistic and not too crowded, I really like that.
    Rod

  2. Robert Brady says:

    Beautiful realism ! Could you come over and build me some rock formations and realistic looking bridges ? When you get time you see… Lol ,Great job !

  3. NJ Mark says:

    I envy those folks who envision their layouts in 3-D and then construct them. Extremely wonderfully done. Cheers! NJ Mark

  4. Bill Holt says:

    Fantastic !!!!

  5. Jim Maitland says:

    WOW! You can come real bridges in the US.

  6. Robert Matteson says:

    Very nice, great detail.

  7. Bob Bouskill says:

    Looks like it is a great scene to hang around and watch trains

  8. Svet says:

    It`s cracking ,thank you

  9. Jan Boen says:

    Great stuff!

    Watch out though that you don’t create a reversing loop at the turning disk.
    All will depend on how things are wired up.
    You have a real reversing loop situation at the purple Y-junction on the top right part of your lay-out.

    Cheers,

    Jan

  10. mauurice says:

    I am now thinking along the lines of adding a bridge to my layout You have certainly inspired me to get cracking.
    Great job. Thanks for sharing.

    Maurice.

  11. Joseph Arcuni says:

    Always had train sets as a kid… Then went to school, got married, had kids, worked two jobs and never got into it again… Finally I retired at 70, have grandkids and now starting again..

    I really appreciate the ideas you give all. Some really impressive layouts.

    I’m starting out with a 4×8 board and working on layouts…..

    Thank you Al

    Joe

  12. Ian Mc Donald says:

    unreal great bridges thanks for sharing

  13. Louie says:

    Thanks for the 15′. I don’t like to guess the layout size. Great job.

  14. Mark says:

    Great Job

  15. Joe Petrozelli says:

    The right portion of these bridges are OK, but, sorry the left halves are definitely not right. I am a retired structural engineer with 35 years of experience.

  16. Ron Logston says:

    It’s hard for people to realize the talent and time it takes to make a beautiful layout Luke this. Hats off to you!

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