|The overpass mockup at the west end of Dunes Junction.|
I wasn't happy with my old highway overpass on the west end of the layout, and I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to get catenary under it. So I sketched a new one out on posterboard, glued some blocks along the bottom to make it stand up, and voila--a mocked-up over pass.
The other thing I've been thinking about is catenary. I've been corresponding with Don Silberbauer at Model Memories, going over ideas about how to make functioning South Shore-style iron lattice and wood pole span bridges. These span bridges have a distinct look that says 'South Shore'.
But while I wait patiently for Don to work some modern model railroading manufacturing magic for me, I feel like the Joker in Batman as played by Jack Nicholson when he's cutting out pictures and says, "It's so hard to stay inside the lines!"
So I made a mockup of an iron lattice and wood pole catenary span bridge from some Rix Products telephone poles and 1/8" Plastruct lattice I-beams. I posed the span bridge on the layout with a pair of self-closing tweezers.
|Mocked up South Shore catenary bridge, sans paint|
I plan to mockup some more features in the next few weeks: the tree line that will go up against the rear back drop, a road that will cross the tracks at the east end of the layout, and a passenger shelter. With these mockups I'll be able to test out ideas for compostion and placement of scenery and structures.
Look for future postings on my mockup progress.