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    • January 10, 2019 10:17 PM EST
      • Southern Oregon
         
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      New life for an old bridge

         

      This bridge pan came from my old railroad and with a little modification I can adapt it to a location on the new line.  This is basically a sheet metal pan made to look a little like a girder bridge that I used at a "duck under" location so it had to be sturdy as everyone used it as a hand hold while ducking under.  It is also extra wide because the track was on a radius where it crossed this span.  It was/is about 48-52 inches long with both ends cut at a bias.

       

      First I cut the bottom out so I could narrow the bridge to 7 inches, leaving about 2 inches of bottom on each half to fasten to.  This work isn't quite so easy now that I can't just run down to the sheet metal shop and use all the power tools 

       

      I had to cut some off both ends to keep the existing lettering centered and get it down to the finish length of 37 inches.

       

      I used siding boards primed and painted on both sides and sandwiched the bridge bottom pieces between them and bolted them together.  I am not to concerned with moisture as this bridge will be under the shed roof covering the yards.

         

       

       

      All finished up and ready to test fit. Of course I still have to install the hinging and centering pins after I get all the fine points of installation worked out.

       

      Test fitting to it's new location, it will hinge on the left.  A bit tricky trying to keep the walk through as wide as possible and still get the bridge to clear the roof framing when it is raised.  This view really shows the grade, it looks a lot worse than it is. 

       

      Once I get it finished up I will post a final picture.

      Rick

    • January 11, 2019 7:03 AM EST
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      Looking good Rick. Always satisfying when you can re-use something you already have.

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    • January 11, 2019 7:22 AM EST
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      Nice work!  Looks like a great place to while away an afternoon.

    • January 11, 2019 7:22 AM EST
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      Nice work!  Looks like a great place to while away an afternoon.

    • January 11, 2019 7:47 AM EST
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      Nice Rick!

    • January 11, 2019 8:32 AM EST
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      Ric Golding said:

      Nice work!  Looks like a great place to while away an afternoon.

      If you ever get that bus heading west, a stop in southern Oregon is a must. He has a neat railroad. And getting better all the time............

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    • January 11, 2019 10:24 AM EST
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      Tis a great re-work of a bridge..   Nice work...              

    • January 14, 2019 11:29 PM EST
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      Hey, thanks for the nice words Ken!  When are you coming back out?  All the switches are now functioning, well until someone comes to operate that is

    • January 15, 2019 3:29 AM EST
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      Your welcome, Ric. I think it's your turn to come East, (April would be nice, hint hint) 

      Mine work great, too, until a crowd shows up...............

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    • January 15, 2019 6:05 PM EST
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      Ken Brunt said:

      Your welcome, Ric. I think it's your turn to come East, (April would be nice, hint hint) 

      Mine work great, too, until a crowd shows up...............

      Ain't that the truth!  Thirty minutes before the guests arrive, everything works fine, two minutes after they arrive, the place looks and works like no maintenance has ever been done.

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    • January 15, 2019 7:59 PM EST
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      Out of respect I edited most of a video I had of Ric Golding at Kens that day. If Rick Marty is coming in this year perhaps I can get a video of him as well.

      This post was edited by " Rooster " at January 15, 2019 8:03 PM EST
    • January 15, 2019 8:04 PM EST
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    • January 15, 2019 9:59 PM EST
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      Ken Brunt said:

      Your welcome, Ric. I think it's your turn to come East, (April would be nice, hint hint) 

      Mine work great, too, until a crowd shows up...............

       

      That's a great idea Ken!!! When are you going to start the "GO Fund Me" page

    • January 16, 2019 3:49 AM EST
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      Rick Marty said:
      That's a great idea Ken!!! When are you going to start the "GO Fund Me" page

      I will get on that as soon as I can..............

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    • January 16, 2019 8:24 PM EST
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      Jon Radder said:

      Looking good Rick. Always satisfying when you can re-use something you already have.

      Indeed.

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