I swear it's been something like five years since I ordered the steel to build a bridge. I actually started and built the track suspensions over my water feature. To please my girl who worried about trains falling in the water, I used my wood sides that was my first attempt at a bridge build. They were built for using indoors to cross my large ravine in the basement layout. Later I moved the O scale onto that benchwork and thought the bridge designed for G was too out of scale to use again. Since it was laying around I threw it over my outside water feature until I replaced it with steel.
Now there's been a shipping tube full of steel laying in front of my garage work bench so that it bothered me enough to get used. Today I had enough and moved the tube up off the floor to my storage racks. I laughed because like I mentioned, it's been years and now I just move it. So what's behind the reason for not moving forward? Well …. I've never worked with steel. I never liked the dimensions of my wooden version. Hmmm, let me think of some more excuses....
Last year I said I'd move forward and drew an actual size drawing of the sides of the bridge adding more angled sections on top and again couldn't seem to get the dimensions to look right. I see that template laying around and just laughed. So now I've wasted more energy typing this than working on the problem.
So I did learn something else. When I welded the track support sections years ago, I had goggles and gloves on. Trouble is I got sunburn on my arms and face. So I bought a full helmet and thought I'd better wear more clothing. Maybe that's why I can't commit?
So I guess if I go public, I'll have to move forward? Maybe someone can help with the look or the dimensions? It's crossing roughly 7' and I would go 1/30 scale roughly for ease to be in the middle of my desired 1/32 and 1/29 equipment I'm running.
I wanted the sides taller and here's where I left off last year...
I couldn't even settle on the height! and number of angled side pieces...
The track roadbed pieces are around 1 1/2" inches tall and the boxed steel I bought for the sides is 1/2" x 1/2".
I'm guessing it would be around 16" to maybe 20" tall??
The wood sides are 13 1/2" tall but I didn't allow for the road bed support's 1 1/2" height back when I built them.
Anyone have a good side pic of a truss I could copy?