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    this may sound dumb but I don't know what color to paint my bridge. it's a metal bridge so do I paint a gray color or something else ? and if gray what shade ? thanks all


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    I have seen them painted grey,green,black,silver and natural rust...your choice.

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    Steel plate and truss railroad bridges are typically painted silver, black or not at all. I've yet to see one painted green, but that doesn't rule out the possibility. Depends on an individual railroad's practice.

    The older the bridge, the more effects of oxidation it will display, depending on the climate.

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    Near my house there is a railroad bridge that is beige, kind of cool looking too
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    Rust Is a color.
    Yes I talk to myself, I sometime need expert advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    Near my house there is a railroad bridge that is beige, kind of cool looking too
    You have no proof of that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    If you come to the Tri-Cities to stampede you'll likely pass by it and can see it for yourself.

    But just in case here's a link:
    https://images.app.goo.gl/mdYHWrm9HJm19Xif8

    It's the Tri-Cities & Olympia RR bridge near the mouth of the Yakima River.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    It's the Tri-Cities & Olympia RR bridge near the mouth of the Yakima River.
    I was going to ask about that. That's the old UP bridge, I believe. When I was a kid, we lived at the edge of the shelter belt in Richland, 1200 block of Cottonwood Drive (1967-1972). UP branchline on the other side of SR240. Went out toward Hanford.

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    If you're modeling a particular railroad, it would be wise to look at photos of their bridges. It might be the case that they had a standard. I really like the look of a silver steel trestle, so I made one and painted the bents silver... but then later discovered that my chosen road, Norfolk & Western, pretty much always painted bridges black. I'm not going to go back and re-do it, because I do still like the look, but it does bug me a bit to be aware of that tiny bit of trivia!

    Now, when I did do a properly-black bridge later on, I didn't really paint it true black. Rather, it is a very dark gray. That way, weathering can show up on it, especially when I use a wash of black to pop the details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WP&P View Post
    If you're modeling a particular railroad, it would be wise to look at photos of their bridges.
    What he said. And what @WP&P said, never buy black paint. If the bridge is black then paint it some off color like oily black, grimy black, black grey, euro 1 grey, just not black.

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    I find Grimy Black provides for a good base coat for a "black" bridge. You can always lighten it up a scosh more with a drop or two of white or light gray. For silver, good ol' Testors silver.

    I then shoot the bridge with Dull-Cote, followed by weathering with weathering powders, primarily darker rusts and sooty black where appropriate, paying attention to where rain water would travel and gather on girders and beams.

    While it's bit tough to make look "to scale" in N, peeling paint is a realistic weathering effect. So, some of the artsy rolling stock weathering tricks can work on bridges too -- chipping, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    If you come to the Tri-Cities to stampede you'll likely pass by it and can see it for yourself.

    But just in case here's a link:
    https://images.app.goo.gl/mdYHWrm9HJm19Xif8

    It's the Tri-Cities & Olympia RR bridge near the mouth of the Yakima River.
    I have seen this bridge before . yeppers

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    From what I've seen, black and silver seem to be the most common colors, followed by oxide red. I've seen many pale green highway bridges, but the only railroad bridge I've seen painted green is the bridge a spur that leads into Fort Carson crosses I-25 on in Colorado Springs.

    Another thought is era. In the last couple of decades it seems the railroads have been working with some communities to beautify bridges. As one example, this bridge on the BNSF crosses I-25 in Castle Rock, CO. I remember when I was a kid it was black, but it really got the treatment some years ago:

    Maybe the entire bridge got replaced sometime in the early 90's? I honestly don't know. I just remember it was a black bridge with a Southern Pacific logo on it when I was a teenager.

    One other example, not as dramatic a change, but kind of funny: A plate girder bridge over I-25 in Pueblo was originally silver, but had been covered in graffiti for years. For a long time it said very prominently "LOVE". Then someone added to it so it said "DANNY GLOVER" and the UP painted it gray shortly after. Within a week someone painted LOVE on the fresh grey paint and the UP painted it gray again. That may have happened twice (don't really remember), but the gray paint won in the end.
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    I almost think you can't get it wrong. I model the BAR and I can find just about any bridge type in varying colors depending on the location. Maybe look at a few pictures of the road you're representing and paint away.






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    A historic bridge website with pictures. Saved this link longer ago when I was doing the same thing - trying to find a bridge color. Hope it helps.

    https://bridgehunter.com/

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    Silver it is ! Thanks all for your response

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-7 View Post
    Silver it is !
    Better post photos when it's painted, Moose is watching. He's ALWAYS watching (try not to think about it next time you are in the shower).
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    It sounds like a decision has been made, which means it's probably safe now to unleash this one on you.

    My mom grew up in Pensacola, Florida, where there is a local landmark called The Graffiti Bridge. It's on a route that leads out to the beaches so we'd drive under it often when visiting my grandma. If you Google search for it you'll see how many different colors and combinations of colors it has been over the years!


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