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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...

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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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