Model train lift bridge module

Neds’s been in touch with his model train lift bridge module:

“Hello again Alastair,

The recent post about moveable bridges helped me decide to submit the two methods I built into my developing layout.

Since I wanted two full circuits for my layout I initially conceived a complex system of gears and long screw mechanisms to lift both bridges.

Recognizing the more complex anything is the higher the likelihood of problems and since this is my first attempt at a large layout, I decided to keep it simple.

One bridge blocked and wedged to provide longitudinal and lateral stability and one bridge on a cart with cabinet magnets and blocked for stability.

Electrical connections are a simple plug.

I think the photos explain it best.


model train lift bridge

model train lift bridge

model train lift bridge

model railroad bridge connection

model railrod bridge connection

model train lift bridge

A huge big thanks to Ned for sharing his model train lift bridge module. There’s quite a few of them on the blog now, one that always springs to mind is John’s:

HO scale lift bridge

Now on to Andrew:

“Dear Alastair,

Like most, if not all railway modellers I periodically clean the wheels of my model train locomotives to ensure good electrical connection with the track.

I recently discovered that I was failing to do the same for my rolling stock and carriages and I was shocked to see how much dirt could be found on the wheels: – See attached photos.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew in Oz”

model train cleaning wheels

model train cleaning wheels

A big thanks to Andrew and Ned.

Andrew’s pics show just how much dirt you can lift of the wheels – that’s why track cleaning comes up so often on the blog.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you jump off the armchair and join in the fun, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

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5 Responses to Model train lift bridge module

  1. Robert E Brady says:

    Ned, The diorama of the bridges and stream itself is great!
    The Critic

  2. Rob McCrain says:

    These are some very clever lift bridge solutions. The best solution is a layout without a bridge entry. In other words, a walk-in layout. I realize sometimes this is just not possible. Rob

  3. Brian Olson says:

    Great job explaining s complex system in a non-complex way!

  4. Steve Ruple says:

    Ned, your bridge module that you built is the simplest and most effective way of making a lift out bridge I have seen so far. Most of the bridge modules that I have seen are very complicated and expensive, yours is simple and inexpensive and just as effective. Well done !!!!!!!

  5. william j plmer says:

    very nice

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