On a plate

Cross girders fitted to the bridge and a test fitting

Scratch building a plate girder bridge

Hmmm… it’s been a while. I’ve been up to my neck in work. Which is a good thing, but it hasn’t left me much time for railway modelling.

Not that nothing has happened at all. I have been able to get the odd bit done here and there. Some planning; some organising of the shed and equipment; even a small amount of modelling.

To that end, I have been working on a second through plate girder bridge. This spans the road, which loops around one end of the layout. For this bridge I have started completely from scratch, cutting all the parts from plasticard.

Creating the main plate girder

It was quite a simple job to do and I didn’t even use the laser cutter. After I had created the I-beams the hardest part was fitting the web stiffeners along each side of the girders. Cross girders were cut from plastruct and glued into place to join both sides into the basic bridge. Just need to add the deck now.

fitting the web stiffeners to the plate girder