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As some of you may have guessed from my signature, my layout will be set in German and feature the famous Rhine crossing. I've aready worked up a scale drawing of the bridge and approach masonary. Even in 2mm scale, its pretty big at 3 metres long.

Below is a perliminary scetch of how the bridge will fit in with the rest of the layout.



Although I'm intending to keep the bridge area as true as possible. I've used a lot of artistic licence with the yard area to the west. In reality, the line ran double tracked back to Remagen Junction were the line spured off from the existing mainline that runs north south along the western side of the Rhine.

I'm still working up the detail around the yard area, as well as those 'off board'. More updates as they come...

Al.
 

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Maybe you should change your name to 7th Armoured then. Cross the Rhine with dry feet. :)
 

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QUOTE (dbclass50 @ 3 Dec 2007, 08:59) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Took the word out of my mouth !

Have you seen the movie!
Also as far as I am aware the river piers have now been removed but the shore
abutments are still there to this day

Would like to know how you are going to begin construction of the model !
 

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QUOTE (adecoaches26point4 @ 3 Dec 2007, 07:05) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Are we looking at Plastic or Brass for the bridge


David

My first attempt at the bridge was made in plastic section. The two box sections worked pretty well, however the l;arger central span suffered from lack of structural strength. I found it flexed to much when under load which caused the the joints to fail. However it wan't a complete failure. I learnt a lot from it, particually in the best way to put it together. Also discovered a few errors in my drawing, particually around the join between the box sections and the central span.

Attempt two will be built in brass, with the masonary work in foam card...
 

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QUOTE (Al @ 3 Dec 2007, 12:44) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>My first attempt at the bridge was made in plastic section. The two box sections worked pretty well, however the l;arger central span suffered from lack of structural strength. I found it flexed to much when under load which caused the the joints to fail. However it wan't a complete failure. I learnt a lot from it, particually in the best way to put it together. Also discovered a few errors in my drawing, particually around the join between the box sections and the central span.

Attempt two will be built in brass, with the masonary work in foam card...
Hello Al,

Your layout plan looks quite excellent, I can't wait to see more! I look forward to seeing how your bridge construction goes as I would love to do something similar for my layout set in Austria / Switzerland. As you say there is no better way of learning than doing for something like this - one could talk about it and plan it for weeks on a website / in the head, but until you start making it and the tensions and stresses that support the real bridge do not support the model one etc. etc. that is when the fun begins!
 
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