Model Bridges for the Garden Railway

Photo 3 Grockle Creek Pony Truss copy
Plate Girder  ELM TREE RED3

This special project was commisioned by a customer who had an existing aluminium truss bridge on his 45mm gauge line. He required an extended structure of 2.5m to incorporate the truss. The bridge needed to be moveable to allow access. After discussion it was agreed to combine the truss with Bowstring Bridges attached at each end. The photos show the bridge in its almost-finished pre-delivery state.


South African Deck and Through Truss Combination 3 metre

This project extended our range and capacity in many ways and illustrates the vast possibilities in designing bridge structures to suit your own railway. This structure was required to carry a double Gauge One railway across a stream. Whilst the 3 metre span itself was a significant challenge, more taxing was the need for the structure to be partially dismantled for transportation from the UK to South Africa. The bridge was fully assembled then carefully broken down into five sub assemblies.

The bridge sub assemblies consist of a central Deck Truss 1.5 metres supporting the Through Truss structure with its upper cross beams; two 750mm Deck Truss sections at each end of ther central section, and parapet rails for each of these short sections.

2013-401 South African Bridge 12
South African 1
South African 3
2013-401 South African Bridge 21
2013-401 South African Bridge 7
2013-401 South African Bridge 9
2013-401 South African Bridge 15

It's just a question of scale!
The Bowstring Girder Bridge in the foreground is
only 1250mm in length whilst the substantial
combination bridge in the background is a full
3 metres in length and carries double tracks.

Crazy Horse Railroad Trestles for G Scale Layout


The aim was for 'spindly' and looking as though they were unlikely to support a train. Four trestle towers were required to support a curved G Scale railroad based on a steel bridge at Crazy Horse Canyon, USA. The models are constructed of various angle and T sections. The whole structure is held together with 2.5mm stainless steel screws.


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