The Union Pacific N scale model railroad built by Daryl Kruse
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Bridges!! (or finally something other than turnouts)
Here's some quick photos of bridges I built for the Rock River crossing just west of Franklin Grove. It really is fun to do something other than turnouts for a change. The through truss bridge is a kit from Walthers while the two girder bridges are from Atlas. Both are excellent kits. The through truss bridge from Walthers took a lot more time, but everthing fit together quite well and it was enjoyable to build. You can't see it in the picture, but the rivet detail is very good. Its a real nice model. The two Atlas bridges went together in a snap, literally. No glue was needed as the kit snaps together. Took about ten minutes each. The Atlas bridges come with track, but I will not be using them since I will be using one single piece of Micro Engineering bridge track for each of the mainlines. This will keep the guard rails continous as well instead of part brown plactic guard rails for the atlas bridges and nickel silver guard rails for the truss bridge.
The two piers are from Chooch Enterprises.
As you can see I just have the bridges sitting on top of the track for now, just to get an idea of how the scene will look. I have not decided for certain on the colors to paint the bridges. I'm leaning toward weathered black with a touch of rust for all three, but might consider silver as well. Any opinion out there on color?