July 2017

Time for a Bridge

With the card stock fascia in place, I saw that working on the bridge in the corner would be easier to do before the fascia was installed. The bridge is in a horizontal and vertical curve, with the track to the right dropping down the hill and the track to the left being level. I decided to leave the Homasote roadbed in place to minimize kinks and bumps.

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Handlaid code 70 track comes up to the bridge from either direction. A short section of ME code 70 HO scale flex track makes the connection over the bridge site.

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In preparation for doing track work, I traced the railhead location across the bridge site and removed the HO flex track.

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Since the Homasote was going to stay, it had to be trimmed to the approximate final width of the bridge. Since the track curves here, the bridge would have to be wider than it would be if the track going across were straight. Thinking about how wide to make the bridge, I used a section of O standard gauge flex track to determine how wide the bridge would be if it had originally been a short standard gauge bridge that had been moved here by the soapstone company to use on their 30 inch gauge line. A saber saw was used to trim the Homasote down to the revised width.

Fascia Mockup

Eventually blocks were added to all the joists to support the fascia. Along the front of the Ariel Church and Horse Mountain sections of the layout, I approximated the height of the fascia at each joist and cut posts for each location.

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I attached the posts to the joists temporarily, and tiled together a large piece of cardstock to create a pattern for the fascia.

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Everything was taped and thumb tacked together in a flimsy fashion.

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I sketched a profile line along the cardstock and trimmed it out. Then left it like that for a while to look at it over time.

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The more I looked at the fascia mockup, the less I liked the places where it rose up high.

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Over time I trimmed the peaks down lower and lower until I was happy with the profile.