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(Article by Richard Lloyd)



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You’ve designed your layout and the plan calls for a bridge. There are various options available.. A ready built item from the likes of Hornby, a kit from Wills, Ratio, Peco, or one of the continental manufacturers.. Or alternatively you could scratch build your own making it fit exactly according to your own needs.

Everyone has their favourite idea of how to go about achieving what they need, but as a quick reference guide here are various examples of the real thing to offer you ideas and inspiration.


First off some bridges that span over railway lines

often a useful scenic break on many a model railway.

Click the images for larger pictures.

Girder bridge at Newport  

Girder bridge at Newport taken by Pete M

 

A foot crossing over the railway taken at Llangollen Station A foot crossing over the railway taken at Llangollen Station. Note the dirty markings made by years of steam locomotives running underneath – a good thing to add for realism.
The Crescent Bridge in Peterborough

The Crescent Bridge pictured here is situated just south of Peterborough station on the east coast mainline. The Bridge is of steel and rivet construction with the main span having this unusual arched (crescent) shape. Opened in 1913, the bridge replaced a set of two level crossings, which were very dangerous, and in 1880 resulted in the death of a pedestrian. The Bridge has given the cities citizen’s safe passage over a very busy railway line.

A small road bridge over the Welsh Highland Railway at Waunfawr Station Something slightly different. A small road bridge over the Welsh Highland Railway at Waunfawr Station.

Next we move onto bridges that the railways run on.

Again there are a very wide variety of options available for the modeller to take inspiration and design tips from.

Dent Head Viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle line Dent Head Viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle line.
bridge near Corfe Castle on the Swanage Railway A lovely looking bridge near Corfe Castle on the Swanage Railway.
single arch brick bridge near Washingborough in Lincolnshire A fairly substantial single arch brick bridge near Washingborough in Lincolnshire.
A modern steel fabricated bridge near Boughton in Nottinghamshire A modern steel fabricated bridge near Boughton in Nottinghamshire.
old style plate girder bridge at Boughton in Nottinghamshire An example of an old style plate girder bridge at Boughton in Nottinghamshire.

And now for something completely different…

How about a viaduct carrying a road under a viaduct carrying a railway?

Berwyn viaducts on the Llangollen Railway in Wales This fantastic example of Victorian engineering is at Berwyn on the Llangollen Railway in Wales.

This page is by no means intended as a definitive guide to all of the dozens of different types of bridges out there in the world of railways, more as a kick start to the research process.

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