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    That bridge came out looking great.

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    You know, I said this project was complete. And I thought it was.

    But I was wrong.

    It turns out for both how I want to set up my current home loop and some future plans we have for club layouts we need a way to have the mountain line work as well. I pondered several solutions to the problem, and basically making another entire lift bridge just for mountain seemed like a lot of work for relatively little reward. Instead I decided on a very small fixed bridge that would be easier to get under. I raided my scrap pile for the parts so it didn't cost me anything other than some time. It's a bit further along than this now, but let me share a photo of my first test fitting for now.



    The bridge itself is 1.5" wide inside, with 1" tall sides to keep the trains from falling off. I wanted it to be really narrow so it was easier to get under. It's also thinner vertically than this picture shows as I've since scalloped the bottoms. The idea is someone will lift the 3-track bridge, and then duck under the smaller, 1 track bridge. Not perfect, but good for home use and ok for the very few shows where we will need this arrangement.

    The woodworking is actually finished and it has the first coat of stain and poly in my basement. Maybe next weekend I'll be able to post a photo with the finish done and I'm hoping by the first of the year to have track and electrical completed. We have a show in February where I hope to use it, if you're in the metro DC area put the World's Greatest Hobby on Tour on your calendar and come out to see me and the bridge (hopefully).

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    Looks incredible very nice work.

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    Yes, that's some excellent engineering in both bridges. The finish will just highlight them.
    Cheers,

    Russ

    CEO of Devil's Gate Mining Co.



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    The finished product, a companion mountain line bridge. It doesn't lift, but it's still easier to get in and out than crawling under a module. I still need to ballast the track, but I was running trains over it today to see how it worked.



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