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clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

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PostSubject: A New Bridge for the SCGR   A New Bridge for the SCGR EmptySun Jun 13, 2010 8:38 pm

It's been a considerable while, it seems, since I have been able to do anything of any substance on my line, due to having to renovate a house suitable for my daughter and her fiance to inhabit. Well that is done and finished now, they have been in there for a little over 2 weeks. Amazingly it is still standing.

Anyway, this weekend I have been able at last to turn my attention to a very urgent matter - no trains have run this year, owing to some wind-damage sustained to the bridge that spans the pond.

It is the original bridge, first built (from trellis-work) and installed in 2001 - before any track was even purchased! However, being of wood construction, with little or no preservative applied, it was only a matter of time before the ravages of the British weather would end its life - and so it finally proved, in April this year, a particularly strong wind was enough to cause a partial collapse.

A sad sight indeed:

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By a happy coincidence, last weekend I was dismantling my daughter's old bed frame - comprising some sturdy wooden sides and some slats on which the mattress lay. It occurred to me as I took it apart, that these wooden sides would be potentially useful as the basis for a new bridge. Well this weekend, I was finally able to make use of it. Firstly, though, I needed to remove the last remnants of the old structure:

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Fortunately, the wooden framework was long enough to span the pond completely!

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Most of the slats were in good shape too:

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This time I wanted to preserve the wood as best I could before putting it to use, so I dug out my old 'creosote substitute' recipe and gave everything a liberal coating - including myself it seems tongue

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The 'track beds' were made the long wooden pieces salvaged from the old bridge - although green and dirty, they seemed fairly sound so I gave them a new lease of life as the platform on which the sleepers would rest:

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Once assembled, and with a final coat of creosote substitute for good measure, I placed the resulting structure back over the pond:

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Finally (for now) I was able to reconnect the trackwork:

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Obviously this is just the basic sub-structure - I am still mulling over the possibilities as to how to make it look - indeed, the recently resurrected thread on railway suspension bridges has had me thinking. But as the last photo shows all too clearly, there is much work to be done before a train will be run this year - the lineside vegetation has had a 9-month head start on me so it could be a while.

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Clive

Fat Controller of the Great Unfinished Railway, formerly the S&CGR
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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

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PostSubject: Re: A New Bridge for the SCGR   A New Bridge for the SCGR EmptyMon Jun 14, 2010 8:58 am

I see you have been taking a leaf out of Mikey’s book and re-cycling construction materials. A suspension bridge could be a nice feature as a fair bit of it will show above the track level, ideal for your position.
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mikeyh

mikeyh

Location : Dordogne France

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PostSubject: Re: A New Bridge for the SCGR   A New Bridge for the SCGR EmptyMon Jun 14, 2010 9:30 am

Nice work Clive! Does the track then pass over the new bit you improved last year (the new rockface)?

mikey
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clive_t

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Location : Portsmouth, England

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PostSubject: Re: A New Bridge for the SCGR   A New Bridge for the SCGR EmptyMon Jun 14, 2010 10:13 am

The track work passes adjacent to the new rockface. The last-but-one picture sort of shows that - the rock face is in the foreground, left side of the picture. I am thinking of brushing on some liquid compost or similar to remove the obvious cement look, and to further drop some heavy hints to Mother Nature as to how I think it should look!

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Carl Hibbs

Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

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PostSubject: Re: A New Bridge for the SCGR   A New Bridge for the SCGR EmptyMon Jun 14, 2010 4:20 pm

"No trains run this year".....I thought it had been a bit quiet on the S&CGR.

The time really has passed quickly and only a scary 6 months now until Christmas.

Great construction work Clive and a sensible way to do things, building a new substructure so that trains can potentially run whilst you decide and get inspiration for the next stage.
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PostSubject: Re: A New Bridge for the SCGR   A New Bridge for the SCGR EmptyMon Jun 14, 2010 4:28 pm

Nicely salvaged.

Just douse them in wood preservative - creosote or whatever the bluddy health-an-safety man allows us to use these days. Should last another 10 years.
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PostSubject: Re: A New Bridge for the SCGR   A New Bridge for the SCGR EmptyMon Jun 14, 2010 4:30 pm

clive_t wrote:
The track work passes adjacent to the new rockface. The last-but-one picture sort of shows that - the rock face is in the foreground, left side of the picture. I am thinking of brushing on some liquid compost or similar to remove the obvious cement look, and to further drop some heavy hints to Mother Nature as to how I think it should look!
Bricks and any other non-living surface will always look better if you coat them in a cement-peat-water mix. Failing that, just daub lots of fresh yoghurt on them, being alive it encourages bacteria, moss and other stuff so it wethers in well.
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clive_t

clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

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PostSubject: Re: A New Bridge for the SCGR   A New Bridge for the SCGR EmptyTue Jun 15, 2010 8:39 am

For information, I would share with you my secret recipe for 'creosote substitute' - It's actually a 60:40 mix of bitumen paint (for waterproofing walls, flat roofs etc) and white spirit. The white spirit thins the bitumen and allows better absorption into the wood.

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Clive

Fat Controller of the Great Unfinished Railway, formerly the S&CGR
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KleineDicke

KleineDicke

Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

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PostSubject: Re: A New Bridge for the SCGR   A New Bridge for the SCGR EmptyTue Jun 15, 2010 2:33 pm

Great recycling project. Sorta gives the term "roadbed" a whole new meaning, doesn't it? It also ensures your daughter won't be moving back in with you.

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-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)
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Location : Portsmouth, England

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PostSubject: Re: A New Bridge for the SCGR   A New Bridge for the SCGR EmptyTue Jun 15, 2010 3:01 pm

KleineDicke wrote:
It also ensures your daughter won't be moving back in with you.

We're taking no chances, we've changed all the locks too. Cool

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KleineDicke

KleineDicke

Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

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PostSubject: Re: A New Bridge for the SCGR   A New Bridge for the SCGR EmptyWed Jun 16, 2010 4:10 am

clive_t wrote:
KleineDicke wrote:
It also ensures your daughter won't be moving back in with you.

We're taking no chances, we've changed all the locks too. Cool
It couldn't hurt. :-)

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