Building a Wood Trestle for Beginners

While the bents are drying, I decided to add the rails to the bridge deck. Code 125 rail, tie plates and joint bars from Right O’ Way were spiked in place with spikes from Proto87 Stores. My method for color the rails can be found here Weathering Rails.

Now that everything is dry, I began glueing the bents in place. Make sure you have a square on hand to keep the bents straight vertically.

I wrote a couple articles on the girder build so I won’t go into detail building, however, you can read more about the build here. When I completed the girder, I began building both supporting bents. You will notice that the last bent in the above photos was not secured to the deck yet. I found it much easier to connect the three bents together on the workbench.

In the original drawing above I had one support for the girder. After some research, I decided to add an additional support and I really like the look of the second one.

The girder is then held in place so I could get the proper measurements for the supporting bents. They are build and glued together and I use pre-stained stripwood as spacers. Then I glue these to the large bent, let them dry and then set in place.

Now that the basic structure for the short approach is complete and dry, I can add the struts. These are the horizontal boards that help tie the bents together. I cut the stripwood, pre drill holes for NBW details, then glue in place. When dry, I will stain them and add the remaining NBW details and paint as I did with the bents.

Now, it may look complicated, however, once you get basic idea of the components involved, the structure goes together pretty quick.

Taking a break from the trestle bents, I turn my attention to the long deck and girder. I built the long approach, adde rail then added the ties to the girder and spiked the rail to tie them together. Then this is complete, I can set it in place and begin measuring the remaining bents.


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