Model Bridges for the Garden Railway

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

More Special Projects

In addition to special projects undertaken by MVL Bridges to customers' specific requirements we are pleased to include here projects tackled by individual modellers utilising materials which we have supplied. You will see that they are often adaptations to our standard designs. The results are unique models which undoubtedly enhance the appearance of the garden railway.
If you want to know more about any of the models below or to discuss your own project just give us a call or send an email

 Lifting Pony Truss

Alan Price of Fortrose needed a short girder bridge which could be swung up to allow access. With a basic plan in mind he approached MVL Bridges for a range of aluminium sections to supplement some he already had.
Although it was not plain sailing and he would admit to taking two steps back and one forward in the course of construction, he has produced a most attractive and sturdy Pony Truss bridge. Of particular interest is his arrangement for pivoting the bridge upward. He is rightly proud of his achievement and hopes to pass on his experiences for others to follow.

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Under Beam Girder Bridge ...... and curve!

Curved Beam Bridge 025
Curved Beam Bridge 009
Curved Beam Bridge 027

This Under Beam Bridge was required for a raised section of 45mm gauge railway. However the approach to one end of the bridge was an elevated curve (LGB R3). It was requested that this should be incorporated into the overall bridge structure if possible without a dog-leg appearance.

The result was achieved by the addition of two short straight sections. These were connected to each other and the main bridge structure using sturdy sideplates bent to the appropriate angle.

The parapet rails running the full length of the bridge help to reinforce the visual effect of the curve.

Inclined Rack Railway Girder Bridge 2200mm

Inclined Bridge 2200mm 7

This project for a large indoor layout in France required an inclined bridge of at least 2200mm in length. The bridge would support a rack railway rising 400mm along its length. This converts to a gradient of 1 in 5.5 or an angle of just over 10 degrees.
Furthermore the bridge had to be constructed in short sections to make delivery to France easier.
Only one true rack railway exists in the United Kingdom, the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Its steepest sections are 1 in 5.5 although they are not carried on bridges.

It was decided to adopt the Under Beam design. The bridge would be built in four sections of 550mm to be connected with substantial plates at each join. Parapet posts to support the stainless steel wire handrails were shaped to reflect the incline and fixed at 100 degrees.

A central plate was fixed between the track plates to support the rack. The track plates were arranged to overlap the junctions between the bridge sections. The photographs do not show the diagonal cross bracing which was finally added below the deck.

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Inclined Bridge 2200mm 8
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Inclined Bridge 2200mm 3

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