My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Structures - Bridges

A Balsa Foam Primer

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-12
Page:
64
Author:
Peter Youngblood
Scale:
N
Description:
American Art & Clay Co.'s Balsa Foam is a dense, rigid plastic foam made from phenolic resin that "carves like butter and paints like wood," as their slogan says. The author shows his use of this material to carve bridge abutments, a concrete underpass, a concrete loading platform, and signaling mast pedestals.

A Trestle at Bragdon Falls

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-05
Page:
58
Author:
Jerry Wilson
Description:
This highly-detailed article covers the author's step-by-step construction of a trestle and Howe bridge over a waterfall. He takes us through the steps of designing the bridge to fit his scene, and the construction process. Includes a sidebar on how to make your own table saw from a circular saw, to cut your own wood. The article includes many construction photos and diagrams.

Another Big One

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-02
Page:
76
Author:
Bob Walker
Scale:
On3
Description:
The author describes the reality of building a very long trestle bridge for his layout.

Big Bridge

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 15, Number 6, December 1992
Page:
21
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he tackled building the New York's Upper Manhattan NYC Railroad bridge over the Harlem River. Includes model photos.

Big Warrior River Bridge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-07
Page:
81
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
This article describes the wrought iron bridge in Cordova, Alabama. Includes detailed drawings.

Blueprints

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2015-07/08
Page:
75
Description:
Blueprints of the Southern Pacific Railroad Shasta Route Bridge No. 210.52 in Tehama, Tehama County, California. Also includes several photos of the bridge.

Blueprints

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2015-09/10
Page:
64
Description:
Blueprints and many photos of the Vandalia Railroad Bridge Spanning U.S. Route 40 in Indianapolis, Marion County, IN. This was built by the Indianapolis & Frankfort Railroad Company, which eventually merged into the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Blueprints Part 1

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2016-01/02
Page:
66
Description:
Drawings and one photo of the CMStP & PRR Bridge over Layton Ave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Bridge Basics

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-11
Page:
127
Author:
Marty McGuirk
Description:
How to select the right bridge for the purpose, and the anatomy of a bridge.

Bridge Floors

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1985-11/12
Page:
17
Author:
Don Heimburger
Scale:
S
Description:
This article describes how bridge floors are built, and includes several S-scale model photos of layouts, as well as a detailed design diagram of various types of floors.

Bridge Signs

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-03
Page:
79
Author:
Alex Walker
Scale:
HO
Description:
Railroads used bridges over roads as advertising billboards. The author describes how he models them.

Bridging Teton Gorge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-02
Page:
50
Author:
Dan Lewis
Scale:
N
Description:
This article on how to create concrete piers and erect a deck-girder bridge on top of them has parts lists, detailed drawings, and close-up construction photos.

Bridging the Gaps in the Superior Northern

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-03
Page:
88
Author:
Bob Winterton
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes the bridges he built for this layout.

Bridging the Local Creek

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2010 Spring
Page:
15
Author:
Phil Scandura
Scale:
S
Description:
Modeling two wooden trestle bridges, one holding a two-track mainline and one holding a branch line, next to each other. The bridges are near Flagstaff. Includes full-scale (S-scale) bridge drawings, a materials list, and several photos of the model (one photo of the prototype).

Build a Better Bridge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-07
Page:
30
Author:
David Popp
Scale:
N
Description:
The author scratchbuilds a through-girder bridge. The article has step-by-step photos, prototype photo, and diagrams.

Building a Deck Plate-girder Bridge Part 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1977-04
Page:
54
Author:
Harold Russell
Description:
A step-by-step discussion of the construction of a typical steel bridge is prefaced with comments on prototype bridge design standards and a review of the author's modeling techniques. Includes scaled drawings, model and prototype photos, and tables for determine the dimensions of the bridge based on the span it is supposed to cover.

Building a Deck Plate-girder Bridge Part 2

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1977-05
Page:
37
Author:
Harold Russell
Description:
This installment covers the construction of the main girders and the interior bracing pieces which provides most of the sub-assemblies for the steel bridge. Includes lots of scaled drawings, construction photos, and a table for girder dimensions.

Building a Deck Plate-girder Bridge Part 3

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1977-06
Page:
36
Author:
Harold Russell
Description:
In this final installment, the author concludes by tying the girders together and adding the deck, ties, and rails to complete the bridge. Includes construction photos, diagrams, and one prototype photo (repeated from Part 1).

Building a Modern Plate Girder Bridge

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-08
Page:
38
Author:
Ken Patterson
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author built a diorama focused on a bridge crossing a creek in an area where he hung out when he was young. Today it is covered with graffiti, which he also modeled. Diorama construction photos and bridge scale drawings are included.

Building a River Crossing

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-09
Page:
72
Author:
Bill Darnaby
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author uses foam board for his layout's construction, so this article describes how he fit a bridge into the scenery. The result is very convincing.

Building an Operating S scale Bascule Bridge

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2011-09/10
Page:
29
Author:
Bill Young
Scale:
S
Description:
The author briefly describes how he scratchbuilt this bridge using Plastruct ABS materials and Plastruct Bondene.

Building Arched Stone Bridges

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1982-12
Page:
71
Author:
Jim Findley
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes in both text and accompanying photos how he build a stone arched bridge.

Building Believable Bridges

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-10
Page:
116
Author:
Keith Thompson
Description:
This basic article describes how to install a bridge into a layout that has plain plywood as a temporary placeholder. Diagrams describes the common bridge types.

Casting Your Own Scenery Details From Plaster

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1997-01
Page:
69
Author:
Don Weixl
Scale:
HO
Description:
How to make your own retaining walls, bridge piers, abutments, and tunnel portals.

Concrete Structures for Model Railroads

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-02
Page:
116
Author:
Philip P. Page Jr.
Description:
How to build forms and pour concrete for foundations like they do in the prototype.

Constructing the Float Bridge on the Bay Ridge Harbour RR

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 01 March 2002
Page:
31
Author:
Neville Rossiter
Scale:
O
Description:
This photo essay shows how the author built the car float bridge for his layout.

Construction of a Scratch-Built Truss Bridge

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2016-03/04
Page:
43
Author:
Mel Garelick
Scale:
O
Description:
The author shows how he designed and built a truss bridge for his small layout.

Crossing Coolie Canyon

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-08
Page:
54
Author:
J.C. Myer
Scale:
HO
Description:
Building two bridges over a canyon on the layout. One is a stonearch cast-in-place bridge and the other a steel trestle one.

Detailing Micro-Engineering Trestle Tower

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
43
Author:
Don Ledger
Scale:
N
Description:
Adding gussets, lattice bars, and rivets to improve a decent basic structure. Includes a side bar on embossing rivet heads in styrene using a pounce wheel. Article includes prototype photos.

Dismal Creek Bridge

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-06
Page:
61
Author:
William C. Schaumburg
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a very basic timber bridge, modeling, with actual sticks and branches, just what the prototype did.

Easy-to-model Small Bridges

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-07
Page:
91
Author:
James Foster
Description:
Building a small bridge over a creek.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2011 Spring
Page:
10
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
Using bridge components from O- or HO-scale works just fine on S-scale, because most are scale-indifferent. A few kits are mentioned in the article. Several model photos of bridges on the author's layout are included.

Fire Protection for Open Deck Bridges

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-10
Page:
88
Author:
David G. Lambert
Description:
Describes how the railroad fight fires in various open deck bridges.

How To Scratchbuild a Bridge

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
52
Author:
John Gerdes
Scale:
N
Description:
Detailed instructions and photos of how to build a deck girder bridge.

Just an Old Concrete Bridge

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 12, Number 1, February 1989
Page:
7
Author:
Ernie Horr
Scale:
S
Description:
The author builds a ballasted-deck bridge from scratch. The articles also provides a parts list, construction diagrams, and a photo of the finished model.

Kitbashing the Walthers N Scale Truss Bridge

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-02
Page:
67
Author:
Al Skinner
Scale:
N
Description:
Using the Walthers double-track truss bridge, the author built in three different ways, depending on the amount of time one desires to invest in the project. Includes constructions details.

Lattice Truss Bridge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-07
Page:
74
Author:
Harold Russell
Description:
This brief article is accompanied by prototype photos and scaled drawings.

Levee Gate

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-09
Page:
38
Author:
Thornton Waite
Description:
This article describes how railroads deal with levees that are to hold back flood waters yet trains must be able to pass through any other time. Includes photos of a levee in Augusta, Georgia where the Norfolk Southern has to pass through.

Lucin Cutoff

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2015-11/12
Page:
41
Author:
Bonnie Domrois
Description:
How the Transcontinental Railroad traversed the Great Salt Lake in Utah, and how the bridge still survives today.

Model a Stone Viaduct

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-10
Page:
82
Author:
Marc Jasinski
Scale:
HO
Description:
Stone viaduct using wood, styrene, and foam insulation spray.

Modeling a Low Level Arch Bridge

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-08
Page:
89
Author:
Julian Cavalier
Scale:
N
Description:
Build the bridge on a diorama and install it on the layout afterwards.

Modeling Steel Railroad Bridges Chapter 1

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-10/11
Page:
15
Author:
Don Ledger
Description:
This article starts a series on bridges. In this installment the author covers railroad economics as it pertains to bridges, with descriptions of prototype solutions to several different sites.

Modeling the B&O's St. George Float Bridge

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-12
Page:
56
Author:
Tom Griffiths
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author built this bridge using slides he took in the 1970s before the bridge was removed. Includes prototype and model photos, scale drawings, complete construction details, and a sidebar on how to integrate a car float into layout operations.

Modeling the Wilburton Trestle

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-09/10
Page:
58
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Scale:
N
Description:
The author is attempting to build a full-scale model of this bridge, with correct topography. Prototype photos and scale drawings are included. Trestle bent construction photos are included also.

Modeling Wilburton Trestle

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-11/12
Page:
56
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Scale:
N
Description:
Shows how the author built the bends and starts assembling the bridge. Includes prototype photos.

Modeling Wilburton Trestle

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-05/06
Page:
49
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Scale:
N
Description:
The author continues to build the 6-foot model of this large bridge. The bents are complete, so he shows how he is putting them together to create the bridge.

Modeling Wilburton Trestle Part 5

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-07/08
Page:
46
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Description:
This installment covers completing most of the structure.

Modeling with Nut-bolt-washer Castings

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-10
Page:
75
Author:
John Ostler
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how to work with these nbw castings, and how to install them with greater success. A trestle bridge bent is used as an example in this article.

Movable Railroad Bridges of Chicago

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-05
Page:
90
Author:
Jeff Scherb
Description:
The final installment of this series covers vertical lift bridges. Includes scale drawings and prototype photos.

Movable Railroad Bridges of Chicago Pt. 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-03
Page:
95
Author:
Jeff Scherb
Description:
This installment covers swing bridges. It includes many prototype photos and scale drawings.

Movable Railroad Bridges of Chicago Pt. II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-04
Page:
88
Author:
Jeff Scherb
Description:
This installment covers Chicago's bascule bridges using text, photos, and scale drawings.

Not Quite Buildings

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-08
Page:
88
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Scratchbuilding retaining walls, culverts, and abutments.

NYO&W Steel Deck Bridge

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-02
Page:
60
Author:
Julian Cavalier
Description:
Prototype photos and scale drawings accompany this article about the bridge near Rome, New York.

On the Beam (Gotta' Dance)

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-06
Page:
52
Author:
Jim Mansfield
Scale:
HO
Description:
Bridge construction

Over the River and through the Woods

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2004-01/02
Page:
30
Author:
Richard Arsenault
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he installed the River Raisin Models' 175-ft. arched chord pin-connected single track brass truss bridge in his layout. Includes photos for preparing the area for the bridge. Also includes a side-bar on how truss bridges came about.

Pile Trestles

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-01
Page:
74
Author:
Charles Yungkurth
Description:
Most of this article is about prototype pile timber bridges, and includes drawings, prototype photos, and contains a sidebar on how a pile trestle bridge is actually constructed. A few diagrams are included on how to model a pile trestle.

PRR Standard Highway Overpasses

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 74 Summer 2010
Page:
18
Author:
Tim Garner
Scale:
HO
Description:
Covers the standard PRR highway-over-track bridges. Many good-quality close-up prototype photos show the construction and design of these bridges. Includes scale diagrams and step-by-step instructions on how to build one in HO-scale.

Railroad Road Overpasses

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-05
Page:
72
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a steel girder bridge that covers automobile roadways.

Recycling an Old Trestle Model

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-10
Page:
38
Author:
Roger Nulton
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the process he went through to integrate an existing trestle bridge he was given, into an existing space of his layout. Includes many photos of area of the layout affected by this "surgery".

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2005-11/12
Page:
14
Author:
Rusty Westermeier
Scale:
S
Description:
In this article the author describes the bridge kits produced by Hunterline.

Scenic Facelift: Adding a New Bridge to an Old Module

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-12
Page:
52
Author:
Ken Patterson
Scale:
HO
Description:
This issue's cover photo was taken on the same module, with snow added. It shows the old bridge (a Central Valley model). The new BLMA 150-foot brass bridge was added and the author describes how he did that. Includes many construction photos.

Scratchbuilding a Deck Plate Girder Bridge

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-08
Page:
68
Author:
Shawn Branstetter
Scale:
HO
Description:
After an unfortunate accident with a brass bridge, the author decided to try his hand at scratchbuilding one. This article describes in detail how he did it, and how he painted and weathered the model. Included are construction photos and a few detail drawings.

Short and Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 15, Number 4, August 1992
Page:
17
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
Making bridge railings, as contributed by John Long.

Simple Bridge Railings

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-06
Page:
72
Author:
Jerry Wikstrom
Description:
The author shows how he built bridge railings using hardware cloth.

Small Bridges

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-04
Page:
88
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The author describes how to scratchbuild small trestle bridges.

Spanning the Bear River

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-10
Page:
60
Author:
Dick Roberts
Scale:
HO
Description:
Dick built a very close match to this 812-foot long bridge that sits at 190 feet above the water of the Nevada County Railroad. Many construction photos and drawings are included with the article, as well as a prototype photo.

Starrucca Viaduct

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-10
Page:
37
Author:
Tony Koester
Description:
Found in northeastern Pennsylvania, this 110-foot high, quarter mile long bridge has 17 stone arches. Includes a map of the area, several small and one centerfold photo of the structure.

Steel Tower Footings

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-03
Page:
66
Author:
Jerry Wikstrom
Description:
Using keyboard keys as footings for bridges.

Swinging Bridge

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2017-01/02
Page:
88
Author:
Bonnie Domrois
Description:
A brief history of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, Pedestrian Suspension Bridge, in Reading, PA. Includes several photos.

The Abingdon Footbridge

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-03/04
Page:
49
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Scale:
N
Description:
Full discussion, scaled drawings, prototype photos, and detailed model photographs of the construction of the Abingdon, VA footbridge as it was after WWII.

The Donald Clerke Memorial Bridge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Page:
92
Author:
Earl Smallshaw
Scale:
HO
Description:
Retrieving and restoring a bridge from a friend's layout.

The Roundhouse

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2004-01/02
Page:
40
Author:
Tom Jarcho
Scale:
S
Description:
The author covers the various trestles available from A.C. Gilbert's A.F. product line. Includes some drawings of track plans where trestles can be used.

Timber Trestles on the C&TT Railroad

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-09
Page:
73
Author:
Tom Troughton
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
The author revisits the various larger bridges on his layout, using better photographs, and showing the additional work he has done to improve their settings. Includes many overall and close-up photos of the bridges.

Tips on Modeling Wood Trestles: How to Avoid Common Engineering Mistakes

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-05
Page:
84
Author:
David G. Lambert
Description:
Focusing on frame bent trestles, the author explains why prototype railroads avoid bridges as much as possible, what the definition of a "frame bent trestle" is, how foundations were built, the situations where frame bent trestles were used, and finally, the mistakes us modelers make in placing and building those types of bridges.

Two Small Bridges Part 2

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1979-03
Page:
86
Author:
Al Westerfield
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers building a riveted plate girder bridge. Prototype and model photos are included, as well as a scale drawing. Various close-up photos of prototype bridges provide a clear view of the details to consider when building this model.