NEW Aug 2005

update Jan 06

Trestle building


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My peninsula has a turnback curve between two switching Districts, Third Street District and Plywood District. This time I wanted a scenic divider which caught eye.The operator stays often at the end of the peninsule and could see both Districts. With my scenic gem his eye is caught.
First pic is the old and dusty curve, I give it away. The other pictures give a step by step story.

oldnew curvefuture trestle

Looking for articles about trestle building was easy. There's the book from MR, "bridges & trestles", in RMC Jan 05 was an interesting article "Pile trestles".

At first I made a drawing.


I laid the drawing at the future place of the trestle to look if everything will fit.

trestle 2


At first you need a lot of ties, stringers, caps, packing blocks, piles and .... All got a bath in stain. With my drawing as template I glued the stringers to the curbs.

tiesbuilding floortrestle 3

Next step, there came ties, lots of ties! You see some gaps.I had to remove the plastic ties from the track. But to keep the correct gauge I soldered PC board ties. These find their place in those gaps.

with tiesbuilt in

And this is a picture from the trestle - placed just for the first train.

ready for trainscrossing trestlefirst train


I cut some piles. I needed nine bents, so I wanted some type of fixture. The bracing should be cut to represent deeper water. Of course, I needed nut-bolt-washers. You see the working area with tools.

making bentsworking area

The stringers need nut-bolt-washers. You see three open holes, the fourth has its NBW.

NBWspile glueing

With my idea of bent building I run into a mistake. You see at the picture above that I placed six piles in my fixture and glued a piece of bracing to two piles. My wrong idea! I coudn't glue the other bracing with this fixture.
So I had to glue every two piles with bracing to the cap and then glue the two middle piles.

Next I added NBWs. Because, there was not enough room for the drill toole, I glued the NBWs flat, only the head! My tweezers are too big!

Also, I painted the rails and tried my water painting. Looks it like a lake??? I tried the methode described in RMC August 2005, page 64 , "Cry me a river". BTW, I've never been to the USA. All my knowledge comes from books, magazines & internet. For this project I used Model Railroad Handbook #33 "Bridges & Trestles, from MR. And RMC Jan 2005 had an article "Pile trestles".

Then I test fitted the trestle and had fun, an excursion train:

Train #2Test train #2train #2


Next step, a lot of NBWs. Nearly 260! I reworked the water a little bit and placed the bridge. I glued the track with two-part epoxe adhesive to the bridge ties. During the hardening time I used heavy weights! The right picture shows the first spikes. When all track is spiked I remove the PC-ties and replace them with wooden ties.


And the came the "water". I poured gloss medium to the lake bottom. And Extra 50 could do his trip to Plywood District.

water End of train

Now comes ballast,

ballastwith trainand Jan 06: Jan  20, 06

and scenery.


Now, I've added some trees and people. I would like to say "my trestle is finished"!

beachbeach 2beach 3beach 4nudesbeach 6

And a special picture for the fans of "Lord of the Rings":

You cnnot pass

Another trestle project on a module and pictures at my RailImages album.


© Wolfgang Dudler