Tilt-up or lift-out bridge ?

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  1. fastlane

    fastlane New Member

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    I"m almost finished with the benchwork on my walkaround layout. I'd like to run 4 tracks over bridge.(1 foot wide?)How wide should I make the walk-through opening? 3'-4'?Is shorter better? Would there be less alignment problems with lift-out versus tilt bridge?
  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    If you are just looking to make an entrance to your layout that will only be opened once or twice an operating session and it doesn't have to look like a prototype bridge, how about a swing bridge? Put a hinge on one end and a latch on the other. You would just open it like a gate.
  3. Catt

    Catt Guest

    If the bridge is in front of the door for entering the room I would make the bridge a couple of inches wider than the door just to ensure you don't snag any part of the layout walking through.

    I think alignment problems will be the same either way.Personally though I would go for the tilt up.
  4. TrainClown

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  5. fastlane

    fastlane New Member

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    Thanks for the help guys! I do have a book on building benchwork ( recommended by another Gauge member. This place is GREAT!!) that gives some imfo on building lift or tilt bridges, but your pointers could save me time and trouble.