IDEAS FOR TRESTLE-STYLE PORTALS?

 I would like to have a 11 foot long elevated straightaway to run a set of Lionel Reading MUs. My problem is that, because of the surface tracks I have laid in place years ago, I can not use any trestles with bases. I tried to set up an elevated section jerry-rigging 1 /2 inch-thick 4" by 18 " boards with 1/2 wooden poles screwed into the boards and the layout table, but this was unsatisfactory in looks and operation. I think I am in need of trestle-style portals that would allow the train below to go through. Any suggestions?

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Willie,

I agree with Michael.  I had the very same problem with existing tracks that couldn't be moved.  Here are several sections from Jim at Bridgeboss.  Both had to be modified to fit the situation.  Both do the job quite well.  Very sturdy, reasonable price, easy to adapt to your needs.

If you give Jim a call, he will work with you to help with your needs.

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Jerry

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Jim,

Great idea, and I intended to use this method, if I can, to mimic the train station in the town where I grew up along the LIRR.  I prefer to cut out "T" shaped supports like the real thing, but that depends upon where the supports must lay relative to the mainline below.  See photos of train station and mock up on temporary layout.

Michael

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Temporary mock up

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Gondolawillie posted:

 I would like to have a 11 foot long elevated straightaway to run a set of Lionel Reading MUs. My problem is that, because of the surface tracks I have laid in place years ago, I can not use any trestles with bases. I tried to set up an elevated section jerry-rigging 1 /2 inch-thick 4" by 18 " boards with 1/2 wooden poles screwed into the boards and the layout table, but this was unsatisfactory in looks and operation. I think I am in need of trestle-style portals that would allow the train below to go through. Any suggestions?

Masonite or 5/4 finger jointed pine would work very well.IMG_0008IMG_9071

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AUBV, 

Wow!!  I have seen both these bridges before.  I even have the second bridge posted to my desktop.  Maybe the best I have ever seen.  If you have any detailed info on how they were constructed, I'd love to hear about it.  Since my upper levels have been complete for a year, I'd especially be interested in how those railings in the first pic were done.

Jerry 

JerryG posted:

AUBV, 

Wow!!  I have seen both these bridges before.  I even have the second bridge posted to my desktop.  Maybe the best I have ever seen.  If you have any detailed info on how they were constructed, I'd love to hear about it.  Since my upper levels have been complete for a year, I'd especially be interested in how those railings in the first pic were done.

Jerry 

Jerry,

The Parapet railings are from Crow River.

I built both bridges and the piers in the 3 new pictures. All of the "concrete" is either 5/4" finger jointed pine or Masonite.  Top bridge (16 arch) was built with a chop and table saw. The Tunkhannock Viaduct model(Nicholson bridge) is 1/4" Masonite done with a flatbed laser.

 

aubv posted:
JerryG posted:

AUBV, 

Wow!!  I have seen both these bridges before.  I even have the second bridge posted to my desktop.  Maybe the best I have ever seen.  If you have any detailed info on how they were constructed, I'd love to hear about it.  Since my upper levels have been complete for a year, I'd especially be interested in how those railings in the first pic were done.

Jerry 

Jerry,

The Parapet railings are from Crow River.

I built both bridges and the piers in the 3 new pictures. All of the "concrete" is either 5/4" finger jointed pine or Masonite.  Top bridge (16 arch) was built with a chop and table saw. The Tunkhannock Viaduct model(Nicholson bridge) is 1/4" Masonite done with a flatbed laser.

 

Thanks for the reply.  Your stuff is truly awesome.  I will endeavor to persevere...(Lone Wadie to the outlaw Josey Wales).

Jerry

Michael Pags posted:

Have you considered the columns from Bridgeboss for elevated subway system: https://www.bridgeboss.com/?  The columns come in various widths and heights.  I have a similar situation on my layout under construction and these worked great on the temporary set up. 

Michael

Thanks Mike for your reference to bridgeboss.com.

Ive shown below several examples of the wider and taller columns available.

jim r

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I needed to elevate a couple of tracks to run a few 072 trains that I won at an auction. I made about 50 of these. Not so pretty but they are stable and strong.   You can see them behind the transformers, sorry for the lousy picture. IMG_0830

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