Printable scenery – how to make a model railroad bridge

John has very kindly made a short vid on the latest printable scenery model:



Here’s some pics of this fantastic bridge too:

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It’s now in the store for $9.97 – so if you like the look of it, grab it now.

For HO scale, you don’t need to do anything, just print it out.

For N scale, reduce the print size by 50%.

For O scale, increase the print by 143%.

I have say, I can’t wait to see one of these bridges on a layout. They are a lot of fun to make too.

Now on to another John, who is doing a grea job of keeping us posted on his layout:

(his last post is here).

“Hi Al,

Well after a few months I’ve been back at work on the Appalachian railroad.

The benchwork for the second module is done and in, and attached to the bridge module, all the tracks laid so far are in and tested, and the buildings are just roughly placed.

By the way, the Under-Cliff restaurant is a real place near Joplin MO, really fun, actually in a cliff, and nice people. I found it doing inspection work for a railroad out there, anyway, I’ve started on the scenery, working from the bridge module counter-clockwise toward the end of the module.

This is going to take some time, lots of buildings to place and get scenery around. Can hardly wait to have a loop done so I can actually run trains more then up to the tunnel openings and back.

Probably not until November of this year though!

Man, it doesn’t take long to fill up a space when you start nailing down the track! I may thin out the buildings some, depends on if I can get reasonable roads, power lines, and details to them all.

The tracks on the original plan have grown some, because I wanted more and different switching problems to figure out IE. placing cars at the various businesses. The basic wiring is going in, I’ll be using a straight DCC system, and the one I’ve selected is Rail-Pro, so the actual track wiring is straight forward.

The power-pack in a few of the photos is just for testing the track and elimination places where those pesky de-rails happen. My tried and true test is to back a train of 10 or more cars all over the railroad. Seems like any problem areas will show up faster when backing the cars than when pulling them through.

I’ve decided to build my own switch machines, and will have an article on those for you in a few weeks. I’ve not found any switch machines that have spare poles for lighting signals, which I intend on having on the railroad’s main line.

Thanks for your web site, I always get new ideas and inspiration from modelers all over the world who send things to you!

Regards,

John”

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That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming. And thanks to the two Johns.

Best

Al

PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

9 responses to “Printable scenery – how to make a model railroad bridge”

  1. kathe kozlowski says:

    Great looking bridges and overall layout! Lots of detail in a small area. Nice clear photos. I always study the bench work fotos as my husband and I are getting ready to start our own bench work and layout.
    Kathe in FL

  2. Gregory Schaefer says:

    Very nice work, especially the deep canyon. Did I see John Allen somewhere down at the bottom?

  3. john n frye says:

    What a nice complement! Being considered even close to the same as the great modeler John Allen is about the best one in this hobby can ask for. Thank you,
    John

  4. Thomas Murphy says:

    Now I tell you ~ What could possibly be better than having both John’s expressing their creativity, in a different manner?

  5. For reference, Tortise switch machines have extra contacts for use however you want to use them. Many folks use them for signalling and switch position indicators. They are stall motor tyoe switch machines so it simplifies the wring to operate them. Check them out.

  6. Jim Richards says:

    I love to watch John as he has so many new ideas and has that wonderful up beat way. Thank you John

  7. CLARK DE MUTH says:

    i am a old rail. started out as interlocking tower levermen , telegrapher, station agent, tofc , os&d , outside freight and passenger sales rep., , train dispr., yard master, mud hop and lsa eic on board passenger trains. worked on nkp, up, prr, dti, bo, co, wab, nw , pennyc, , tcfb and amtrak, total 35 rail years. always looking at how great everyone makes these layouts look so real. keep up the great work so the younger people can see what it was like way back when.

  8. The only thing I can say is WOW !
    Be well and stay safe !
    George

  9. Franco428 says:

    Has anyone collected all of the images that we have had the honor to see that were posted on this site?

    I have saved several “Roundhouses” and “Repair Sheds” for reference. I was wondering if anyone else would consider collecting them – IF it allowed, and sharing them with Al for him to pass them on.

    If it is allowed, I believe others would love to see references on how the “Experts” do it.

    Is it possible? Or is it another one of my pipe-dreams???

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