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Building a Wood Trestle for Beginners

With all the bents in place, I will then add the steel footing that the girder will rest on. Most bridges use bridge shoes, however, I found a prototype that used a steel plate and I liked the look. It also gave me the opportunity to practice rusting steel. I cut .010″ styrene sheet to size and sprayed them with AK Interactive Chipping Color and Old Rust. I allowed that to dry then brushed on medium rust pigments. Sealed them with Testors dull coat and glued them to the short bents.

I add the deck and allow it to dry.

Final Details

A drilling jig was made out of styrene to locate the boles in the stringers. I then add the bolts as I did on the bents. Finally, nails and bolts details are added to the timber guards.

I hope this inspires you to build your own bridge. It is easier than it looks. With good research and plans, yoy’ll be able to build a bridge like this you will be proud of.

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