Update 4 – 12/03/2019
Capping stones for the piers and the cable supports on the centre and right spans have now been added.
Update 3 – 02/01/2019
The bridge is almost complete, all the piers and wing walls are built, painted and weathered and the three spans have been completed and weathered. Still to do are the capping stones at the top of each pier and the cable supports that ran across the centre and right hand spans.
The grey ‘road’ surface won’t be visible once the bridge is on the layout as it will be covered by a footpath and lots of vegitation.
Update 2 – 03/08/2018
I’ve completed the left hand pier and it’s associated wing wall, painted and weathered to match the first pier:
Update 1 – 27/06/018
The girder sections have been completed. Again made of styrene sheet and strip with 50 individually cut rivets per girder.
Washington End Bridge
I’ve made a start on the first of the structures for the layout, the footbridge/farm track bridge that sat at the Washington end of the junction and, first up, a photo of the prototype:
The bridge is entirely scratch build from styrene strip and sheet. As the layout of the stones, particularly on the ends of the piers are so distinctive, no commercial products were suitable for the stone work so each stone on the bridge piers is applied individually before being textured, painted and weathered. There are over 500 individual pieces of plastic on the completed pier in the photos below.
The stone work is painted in Vallejo Acrylics ‘buff’ and ‘medium gray’ and the weathering is multiple of layers of MIG ‘Brown for Dark Green’ filter. For subtle differences in the stone colours, after each layer of the filter, odd stones were picked out in the original buff colour before being weathered again.