Scenic Ridge railroad bridges and tunnels

Dean’s been busy on his scenic ridge railroad, it’s bridges and tunnels in this missive:


Here is my fifth video in a 8-part series discussing my construction of the N-Scale Scenic Ridge layout (from Woodland Scenic’s).

In this session, I cover adding a set of two single-track bridges, a double-track bridge, and tunnel portals.

My wife asked if it was supposed to represent snow. No, its just the unfinished plaster scenery base that I use.

The scenary is a little rough at this stage, but will look much better when it’s landscaped.

Actually, I learn a lot from photos, since they show all the nits that need to be leaned up.

Should look much better when finished!

n scale scenic ridge bridge

This is a photo of the double-track bridge in the center of the layout.

n scale scenic ridge bridges

The two single-track bridges at the back of the layout.

n scale scenic ridge tunnel

Two installed tunnel portals.

scenic ridge trains running

A train at the back of the layout.

scenic ridge trains crossing bridge

Over the double bridge

n scale scenic ridge trains under bridge

under the double bridge

n scale scenic ridge through tunnel

Through tunnel

n scale scenic ridge train

And gone.

If you’ve missed Dean’s earlier missives, here they are:

Dean’s first Scenic Ridge post

Second one is here (scroll down)

Dean’s third post here (scroll down)

Dean’s 4th Scenic Ridge post here

A huge thanks to Dean for his Scenic Ridge railroad build.

It’s so wonderful to see a layout built from the table upwards – literally.

Can’t wait to see his next missive.

When it comes to N scales, I’m always reminded of this one:

Bob’s N scale.

Please do keep ’em coming.

That’s all for today.

Please don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own model railway adventure.



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8 Responses to Scenic Ridge railroad bridges and tunnels

  1. Jan says:

    Portals and bridges on the n-scale lay-out look like 3D prints. Correct?

  2. Robert Brady says:

    Shouldn’t you have painted your portals and bridges before installation ? Neater and cleaner.. Looks like a great beginning though.
    Oh by the way if you use too thick of an application of joint compound when it drys if it drys it will cause cracks and crevasses in you work.
    The Critic

  3. Greg Marples says:

    What plaster are you using? I finished drywall for years using mostly bucket compound, some various cureing time bag mixes, but none that I find as strong, lightweight and non-shrinking as Lightweight Hydrocal from Woodland Scenics. I’m sure an actual plasterer would know just what professional bulk product is the same plaster, but I settle for buying the Lightweight Hydrocal in the large boxes (25#?, I can’t remember, came out of Missouri). It’s quite reasonable that way, the milk cartons are $$$!

  4. Bill Holt says:

    looks good so far !

  5. Bob Amling says:

    Is that loop like the Tehapachi loop, where a long train passes over / under itself? Don’t get too caught up running trains; it slows your progress.
    Bob in horse country NJ.

  6. Terry Miller says:

    Interesting—I never thought of using blue tape to protect against over lays. will try it the next time I’m in a tunnel mood.

  7. Erick says:

    Pretty neat.!!!! I hope mine turns out that good.

  8. Andrew Aves says:

    Thank you Dean. It is always helpful to watch modelers and see how they construct their layouts. I do agree with Robert Brady’s comment above, might it not be easier to paint and weather the river or road under the bridge before sealing in position. I work in O scale so think that working under your double bridge in N scale will be a bit fiddley when in position on the layout.
    I recall watching one of Dangerous Dave’s videos where he masks the rails to protect the track minimise stray plaster splashes that have to be cleaned up later.
    I am looking forward to seeing your next update Dean
    And may I take this opportunity to wish Alistair and all who follow his blog a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2022
    Andrew in Oz

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