This Bridge and Roadbed?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Gary S., Sep 8, 2007.

  1. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

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    I want to install this concrete bridge. My question is, should the cork roadbed go over the top of the concrete or should the ties be directly on the concrete?

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  2. viperman

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    I would use roadbed
  3. TruckLover

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    I think you could go either way :thumb:
  4. Gary S.

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    Thanks. I was figuring that the roadbed should go right over the concrete. I'll get her installed tomorrow morning, if not sooner!
  5. lester perry

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    if bridge is going to be ballasted use the road bed, I would assume you are baallasting the brige as there is noframewrk under track area
    les
  6. Gary S.

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    Yep, I'm gonna ballast right over the bridge. Here's a pic of the bridge in place, all sculptamolded and plastered in. I think it is looking pretty good. And even better when I get some grass and brush and such on.

    Down here in Houston, alot of the bridges have water under them most of the time, even though the bayou itself isn't flowing. I'll probably model it that way, put a thin layer of mod podge or other fake water right on the plaster in the bottom.

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  7. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I like the bridge Gary. Is it a commercially available product or a scratchbuild?

    Ralph
  8. Gary S.

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    Ralph, I was over at the LHS the other day and happened upon the bridge. It is made by Pre-Size Model Specialties. The packaging looks pretty old. The bridge was $8.95 if I remember correctly. I originally was going to just put culverts under the tracks for the bayou, but when I saw the bridge, I figured it would look nice.

    The track and roadbed were already in place on the layout, but it was pretty easy to cut the foam out from under the roadbed and put the bridge in, then sculptamold the terrain back around the bridge.
  9. TruckLover

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    Looking Good Gary!! Im liking that idea of having water under it too :mrgreen: :thumb:

    I have the same question as Ralph, who makes it? I have some culverts that look like the same style as the bridge but they came in a ziplock bag with no MFR name on it :rolleyes:


    **edit** never mind about who makes it lol, just saw your post, had the page open for a while and didnt refresh to see if you posted before I did lol
  10. viperman

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    Bridge looks great there!
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    that is one realistic bridge right there, my friend. What is that carved into the side of it, though?
  12. TruckLover

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    I think thats the date the bridge was built :mrgreen:
  13. Gary S.

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    Yeah, it has "1941" carved in the side. I will take a little plaster and cover that over and repaint it. I don't like the looks of the "1941" at all.
  14. TruckLover

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    I agree with you on that one Gary. I have some culverts that I think are made by the same company, they also have dates on them and when I get ready to install them somewhere on the layout, ill for sure be doing the same thing as you will be :thumb: :thumb:
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    would expect a older date for it, but you must admit that's it's a rarely modeled detail that would add intrest to an otherwise bland bridge.

    Is it just the lighting, or is your brown earth tone REALLY gray? :confused:

    Great to see so much progress, when's the tour?
  16. jimh

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    :thumb:Great job on putting that bridge in place. Made the thing look 10x's better than it did already.:thumb:
  17. Gary S.

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    Thanks Jim, I am finding that using 2" thick foam as the layout base is a wonderful thing.

    Miles, the paint on the foam is gray. I'm trying to model the color of the earth around here, which is mostly gumbo clay. Now, I had originally started out with tan, but it looked like desert. Then I had Home Depot mix me up some brown, but it was too dark and, well, too brown. Then I got the gray that you see, and it was too gray. My latest is, I mixed the brown with the gray and that's what I have now.

    I am posting pics in a new thread, so see what you think of the color. I'm still not completely happy, but most, if not all of it will be covered with grass bushes road gravel trees ballast.
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    Gary, have you thought to take in a sample of your local "dirt" and see if Home Depot or some paint store can match it?

    Was thinking if you take an index card, coat it with some clear drying glue and them really coat it with dirt it should give you a decent enough sample. Don't know for certain if it would work or not, but it might be worth a try.
  19. Gary S.

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    I didn't think of that! But it is too late now, the entire layout is painted and I don't want to do it all over again! I think the gray-brown will be okay once I add the rest of the stuff.