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    • August 10, 2017 9:36 PM EDT
      • Mount Vernon, Missouri
         
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      Building a New Bridge

      Cutting one side one my new bridge
      10foot long and 2 track wide 42" tall
      In the middle, the engineering dept calculated all the factors, length, possible weight of two heavy
      Engines with loaded cars, the weight of the bridge and weight of the track, all was calculated and the wind factor of 80 mph was added to the numbers. 
      All the above sounds impressive, the truth is this is what I drew up one nite in my recliner and sent to plasma cutter files. 
      Loaded a sheet of 11 gauge 4' x 10' steel on plasma, plotted drawing, pushed the button, and away it goes. I love CNC equipment. 
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      IMG_0759[1] by Dennis Rayon, on Flickr" alt="">

       

      IMG_0764[1] by Dennis Rayon, on Flickr" alt="">

      Placing a 1" strap on the top edge of the bridge side, this makes it appear to be larger beams
      spot welded in here and sanded down in picture Below

      IMG_0765[1] by Dennis Rayon, on Flickr" alt="">

    • August 11, 2017 3:14 PM EDT
      • San Mateo, California
         
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      Dennis,

      That's an outstanding bridge!
      How much will it weigh as completed, and how will it be moved and supported in the garden railway? Do you have a picture as to where it will be located?

      Thank you,
      -Ted

    • August 11, 2017 4:09 PM EDT
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      WOW!

    • August 12, 2017 10:52 AM EDT
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      That is one impressive structure.   Did you design it on your own or is it based on a real bridge somewhere?

    • August 12, 2017 8:44 PM EDT
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      Ted Doskaris said:

      Dennis,

      That's an outstanding bridge!
      How much will it weigh as completed, and how will it be moved and supported in the garden railway? Do you have a picture as to where it will be located?

      Thank you,
      -Ted

       

      Thanks Ted

      Weight? don't know , will weigh before I get ready to set, I will carry to RR with tractor and loader. Don't have picture of where it will set, Yet, thanks for the reminder, I usually think about pictures after the job is done, and I say,CRAP, wished I would have taken pictures. 

       

    • August 12, 2017 9:19 PM EDT
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      Tod Thanks for the compliments

      My design, drawn in sketchup

      Dennis

       

    • August 12, 2017 9:48 PM EDT
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      Below are a few pictures of how the 1" strap was applied to the top of the side, all in one piece.

      IMG_0768[1] by Dennis Rayon, on Flickr" alt="">

      IMG_0771[1] by Dennis Rayon, on Flickr" alt="">

      The strap is welded along the edge, at the joints, i use a cutoff wheel to cut about 1/2 way through and bent at the joint.

      Using visegrip clamp to hold tight and in place then welded. 

      I was asked on FB if i only welded  the short welds or came back and welded all the way through.

      No way to weld all the way, waste of weld and time, and then the heat would twist the frame like a piece of spaghetti .

      Welding all the way can be done without twisting but requires lots of time and skill on how to prevent the twisting. 

      I will not get into how to prevent the twisting, quite complicated.

      The unwelded crack at the joint gets body puddy to prevent moisture from entering and dripping rust down the sides. 

      The inside is sealed  with silicone caulking to prevent moisture entering on the inside. The caulking will not be seen, and in covers with paint very good. 

    • August 16, 2017 9:29 AM EDT
      • Easton , Massachusetts
         
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      I want to know is that a hovering welder.....

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    • August 16, 2017 4:28 PM EDT
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      Looks like it. Anti-gravity can be very useful.

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    • August 16, 2017 11:29 PM EDT
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      I own a antigravity making business, we float everything, LOL LOL  i designed a double folding arm that holds the welder on the end

      and a plasma cutter behind it. It it 17ft long then the welder, now that requires a lot counter balance weight to hold that up.

      we have two of these back to back, with a 12" pipe between them, that has a 2000lb 16ft long jib crane, mounted in the floor and welded to 3 heavy  roof trusses it swings 360 degrees serving 2 welding stations. So the welder support arms will move in 180 degree arc, making it quite handy

      Dennis 

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