I got loads more photos. Some 200 odd. I'll post some more up once I've get them sorted out. It was great being there and seeing the bridge for real. Only down side is I can now see all the errors I've made on my models.
what a pity that you missed the cutting jungle.
If you need some more photos please let me know.
I live only 3 miles away from Erpel.
I always wanted to build this bridge for this one
But if you know that is was more then one yard long you can imagine the dimensions.
Nowadays I model british railways in 7 mm scale.
Soeren, which tower is that? East or West bank tower?
The bridge is on hold for now as I'm in the middle of a new house by which will provide it with a new home. In the interim I'm working on the rolling stock. The Hummell train isn't far off completion - 16 flats loaded with an artillery unit relocating from the Eastern front. Once it's done, there's a train on Panthers and Hanomags to join it.
Breathtaking modelling, but also of a most interesting subject. I remember during the war how my mum and my (pretend) aunt anxiously read the papers for news of whether the allies (including my pretend uncle) had at last managed to cross the Rhein.
Later, in 1954 cycling past this (and many other ruined Rhein bridges) in my first visit to Germany I vividly recall seeing the stumps in mid stream.
What was very evident even then was the pace of post war West German re-construction compared with the slow motion repair of our bombed cities at the same time. There seemed to be huge infrastructural renewal - particularly of Rhein bridges.
Did Remagen eventually get re-instated?
Is it not astonishing how structurally all those forces are resolved into 4 steel stanchions of minimal cross section bearing onto those masonry piers? I am sure our civil engineers would have carried the masonry piers up for the arch and girder structures to be able to bear onto good and safe padstones directly. Vorsprung durch....
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