Model railroad bridge

Rob’s been back in touch again with another missive on his model railroad bridge build:

“For some reason this particular video has proven to be relatively popular.

I am at the point now where I must create a gap for the new bridge.

The location I have chosen is on a 3 percent grade coming up from Far Cliff beach upto the back of my layout.

The tracks against the wall are a non-scenic area with just track running from one side of the room to the other. Here is a track plan:

model train track plan

Bridges are very interesting on model railroads. I am not sure why. When I complete this project, the new bridge, I will have three bridges on the Farland layout altogether. I have noticed it is not just me. When I see other peoples layouts, there is frequently a bridge included.

Modelers seem to be fascinated with them, I know I am. The idea of the tracks spanning across a gap in the landscape just draws us to it. This is especially true of the prototype.

Bridges are just interesting things. In a way, they are magical. There is no mystery about how the track and all that weight is supported when it is sitting on the ground, but put it up in the air and wow, it grabs your attention.

Sometimes modelers use a piece of wood to actually hold up the railroad track, to give their bridged section the strength to support itself. You will note on this bridge, I”ve used the same structual system a real truss bridge uses and my new bridge supports itself.

Thank you, Al, for this wonderful daily blog. We all appreciate what you do so well.


model railroad bridge build

model train scenery

model railway track embankment

model railroad bridge

Model railroad bridge:

 making hole for model railroad bridge

A huge big thanks to Rob for sharing his model railroad bridge build.

If you missed his earlier posts on his bridge project, here they are:

Build a model train bridge.

How to scratch build a bridge.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



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5 Responses to Model railroad bridge

  1. George Zaky says:

    I dont know what you did for a living but you’re the guy that was given the job that had to be done right and smart. Your approach in addition to artistic skills are spot on and I for one may never reach your level of perfection.
    So I marvel at your work and say much thanks for the time & effort you’ve given here.
    Big Al
    Bardzo dziękuję  ( Polish ) 😁- Aaahhh Java & Rob- Nice.

  2. Greg Marples says:

    I also was drawn into the bridge “vortex”. While I model North central Kansas, where bridges are scarce and normally steel truss bridges spanning small rivers on stone piers, I just had to have a tall, curved, wooden trestle bridge like you might see in a mountainous area, I suppose. Even though it only spans a lazy Kansas creek. What good is a hobby if you can’t step a little away from prototype and have some fun?

  3. Ralph in Astralia says:

    I agree Rob.
    A model railway without a bridge seems incomplete somehow.

  4. robert dale tiemann says:

    lots of rails on this one. very nice terrain, also a lot of good work.

  5. Robert Brady says:

    Rob why did you rearrange your layout ? Let me answer that question. Once a layout is complete you run trains fix derailments and sit back and say Ume.
    What can i change I’m bored, I Know, let’s put a bridge in where it isn’t needed
    This goes on and on till your entire layout has been re-modeled.
    Tell me I’m wrong
    The Critic

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