Cherokee Creek Trestle

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Work has begun on my west approach Cherokee Creek Trestle, which will be a focal point on the new layout. The trestle will be approximately 4.5 real feet in length and build as a diorama, lift up/duckunder as you enter my layout room. Progress is slow but coming together! ..

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Testing the bents.

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More progress on the West approach trestle.

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Drying!

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The trestle is starting to take shape. All the wood is dry, now the details can be applied! Tough to see in this photo, the bent for the girder is starting to be added to the large bent to the right of the photo.

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Lots of tie plates going in and then spikes, now that everything is dry. The rails receive their first coat of dark rust wash made from Polly Scale roof brown thinned to the consistency of ink. Once the spikes are in, the plates will receive the same treatment. Then lighter rust washes will follow. Finally, a dusting of real dirt to even all the colors out.

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Well, I was playing around with concrete footings for the bents. These do not have color and I did not like how they turned out so back to the workbench.

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Here are a couple more photos as one of the bents are getting their bolts and being glued to the base. My two weights that are helping with the project come from the Pickering Lumber Company (rail which my dad had on hand, from his days working for the railroad in the 60's during it's diesel period) and the Madera Sugar Pine Railroad (spike).

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Spent a couple of hours at the workbench today. Still making progress.

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The west approach is nearing complete! The last bent supporting the girder is going in and the girder is being test fit. The one shown in the image is only a mockup from a damaged model I was working on. I'm still debating whether I am going to purchase the kit again or scratch build from styrene.

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Just about finished with the weathering on the trestle.

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