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    My friend down the block started a renovation of his Garden Railroad and asked me to help with building some bridges. little did I know it turned out to be a total of 75 Plus feet of trestles. I wanted to try something new this time so I opted to use Split Jaw PVC road bed. First I made a template then started cutting Redwood fence boards down. I think my neighbors are glad that part is done. On each bent I added to the top a 1/2 inch block so that when finished I could put a venire of red wood over the PVC roadbed to hide it. I also cut ties to slip in between the stock track ties to make a wider more appealing look. The curved trestles were first with a grade of 3%.










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    Next was the bridge over the gorge. Ed wanted something unique, so I searched around on the web and found this bridge.













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    • #3
      Sheesh! Mega trestles. Mega eye candy. Mega WOW.
      Frank

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      • #4
        What till you see what comes next Frank.

        This past weekend, I started the 50 foot section. We removed all the screws on the underside of the track as well as adding an expansion track for the hot Sacramento Summers.






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        • #5
          Beautiful!
          Take the red pill

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          • #6
            I was impressed when I saw the picture of the curved trestle in the first picture, then I started scrolling down and saw the other pictures of your bridges and I was blown away. That's some very beautiful work. :up:

            George
            The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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            • #7
              Thanks Guys, Have to go on a business trip so I get back to it in a couple of weeks. Hopefully I can finish. We are getting ready for the convention.

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              • #8
                Ed sent some pics of when we started this project, this will give you an idea of his imagination. This was the original trestle and tunnel. Tunnel too small for the K's and with new plan needed to be up higher with the new grade.


















                Repurposing an old bridge, we decided to put it in upside down. This would be bridge number 5. You can see temporary posts holding it until the concrete dry's.




                And last but not least, the long trestle before. Now your up to speed!



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                • #9
                  This is trestle building on steroids. You've gone mad, mad I tell you!
                  Frank

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                  • #10
                    Track plan



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                    • #11
                      Wow, nice work! You must really crank out those trestle bents, to get so many done in what appears to be a short time span.

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                      • #12
                        This large scale garden railroad stuff just blows me away every time!

                        Fantastic work Bill!
                        Carl

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                        • #13
                          All I can say is ambitious. What method are you using to anchor the bent bases? And are you building the bents one-off for a specific location or are there runs where they are the same height? 'Gotta love those koi ponds, mine is my little bit of relaxation. Just curious.
                          Frank

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                          • #14
                            Fantastic!!!

                            The trestles and bridges are beautiful.

                            Dave
                            Dave

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                            • #15
                              Looks like you have been very, very busy!

                              Train Buddy? Jim

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