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    Default Steel trestles?

    Does anyone besides Micro Engineering make a steel trestle kit? One of the brass manufacturers maybe? I don't much care for the look of the ME kit...
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    Peco does under the Ratio brand Catalogue #240 to 241
    https://www.track-shack.com/acatalog...and-Walls.html

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    Those bents look pretty heavy duty... I was really hoping for something a bit more lacy.
    I'd like to replicate something along these lines:


    The ME kit seems to be a closer starting point, but I'd really like better looking legs
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    Time to scratch build. Central Valley lace, Evergreen I beam, angle, strip and sheet, piano wire for the tension diagonals, Micro Engineering plate girders, poured and carved plaster footings and abutments, ME bridge track, code 40 guard rail.

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    Google Hack Brucken. Truly spectacular bridges. DM-TOYS has them, and there is an English option for the DM-T website.

    Hack Brücken: https://www.hack-bruecken.de/index1.html

    DM-Toys: https://www.en.dm-toys.de/liste/hersteller/Hack.html

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    Damn they are nice! Nice price for the ones I'd consider as well
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    I don't have any of these myself, but I have seen them at the Nürnberg Toy Fair and they are just as exquisite in real life.
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    Can't speak for anyone else but I am very tempted to get one of the "cheaper" bridges if for no other reason than to see one in person.
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    If you do, and order from DM-TOYS, note that they also have Kato Amtrak engines and cars. Not that I'm an enabler....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ranulf View Post
    Those bents look pretty heavy duty... I was really hoping for something a bit more lacy.
    They actually look like something more from an industrial or logging type railway trestle.

    I know that BCRail used a fair number of steel bents in trestles on their northern lines.
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    It sounded like a good idea at the time... too bad the caboose wasn't in on the plan.

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    I have several Hack Brucken , they are very nice , but one thing disappoints, they lack a bit of detail. This is one of the smaller ones.




    I have 2 of the larger bridges as well , got them at a train show for something like 1/3 of the price on the website.

    The bridge I would really like to have another of is the BLMA one , I got one from a Chech on Ebay for 50 euro's , the normal price is 300 dollars.



    TRaincat made sublime bridges , but they are out of business after his wife passed away.http://www.traincat2.com/

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    Hooray! Companies I didn't even know of!

    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    Google Hack Brucken. Truly spectacular bridges. DM-TOYS has them, and there is an English option for the DM-T website.
    Never even heard of that company before, but they do have some nice looking stuff. A look on the DM-toys website shows some bents, they call them "bridge accessories" and they do look a bit better than the Ratio offerings... Something to think about

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    Time to scratch build. Central Valley lace, Evergreen I beam, angle, strip and sheet, piano wire for the tension diagonals, Micro Engineering plate girders, poured and carved plaster footings and abutments, ME bridge track, code 40 guard rail.
    That's kind of what I was thinking too.... And in all honesty, the ME kit really would be a great place to start a kitbash. The girders look fine and it wouldn't be too much of a trick to make trapezoidal gussets to put between the girders to hold the legs. If only the bents weren't quite so blocky. The ME kits look great in HO, but the N scale ones are a bit chunky. I had no idea about Central Valley's existence tho, thanks for the heads-up! I believe Gold Metal models has etched brass lace too, but I have no idea the actual sizes, and soldering the lace to brass C channel (or preferably strips to get that lacy look) seems like kind of a daunting task. Central Valley's lace, being plastic, seems like it would be easier to construct... Maybe
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