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Some early prilimiary sketches showing some thing about the engineering. I worked closely with a retired civil engineer who helped me create a scene that would be accurate but also visually interesting. Patterned after several St Vrain crossings I think we have a solution that will be visually stimulating as well as functionally authentic.  Era is 1950's... 



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Congratulations. Excellent example of using numerous freehand sketches to visualize bridge scene prior to actual construction. Shift angle in rail right-of-way adds a lot of visual interest to the overall scene. Wish more people would adopt your sketch technique before attempting to build their layout scenes. 

Bridge design and details very convincing!

Very nice Erik.  Here, east of the big muddy, we often see remnants of older bridges aside of newer and larger ones.  Many times all that remains of the older bridge is the stone bridge piers in the body of water (if it's not navigable). 

Interesting sidelight, when Newark Bay was dredged thirty years or so ago to make it more accessible for larger vessels, they did underwater demolition to get rid of the footings/ middle piers from the old Jersey Central draw bridge (which was actually twin lift bridge spans).

Kewl stuff and a sweet bridge, that OMI piece.  Wished I could justify one.

Too bad Train Cat won't make a shorter (25'-40') version of their very common AmBridge plate girder bridges in O scale.  Yes, I did ask several years ago but was warned not to get pushy or the owner will just ignore you.

Those would be AWESOME for yours and for many projects.   The capture the feel of the real built-up nature of these perfectly.

As a bridge troll, I can tell you just when you think you've seen it all with respect to bridges, you come across something you thought you'd never see. There was an old Pacific Electric steel truss bridge in San Bernardino across the Santa Ana River that started out as a wooden trestle. On the south side of the bridge, the trestle pilings were all in place leading up to the concrete footings for the steel bridge. Best guess is that the bridge got washed out in one of the floods that hit that river (one in 1938 took out the trestle on the ATSF Redlands Loop). Somewhere I have photos I took a couple of years before they took down the bridge to make an access road (a less attractive concrete highway bridge). I've even seen bridges built from decommissioned 89-foot flat cars. Go figure.



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Erik, it looks like John is deep in thought thinking this scene would look so much better with about 4 or 5 Lionel girder bridges in a row.  So to help you guys out I would be willing to send you a 1/2 dozen of those and since you won't be using the 2 bridges pictured I think I might find a home for them. Seriously that scene really is looking super. Don't forget Scale City Designs has bridge shoes avail if you need them for the girder bridge if you don't want to take me up on the more than fair trade I offered.

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