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Re: inspirations, for model bridges

Posted: Fri May 04, 2012 2:59 pm
by markh
heres a good bridge if any one can make it

Re: inspirations, for model bridges

Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:34 pm
by xkopite
Fantastic thread, enjoyed a true perfectionist at work.
Have you ever built a oo gauge bascule bridge ?
I may attempt the one at Liverpool,s Stanley Dock, this would be for a 1950-60s diorama showing Liverpool lorries of that period.
I was thinking of using the Dapol girder bridge cut down etc.
Any help would be appreciated from a masterclass builder.
Dave H

Re: inspirations, for model bridges

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:58 pm
by michaelasc
In reply to Madmack on February 21, that's the Widnes - Runcorn bridge in Cheshire. I used to go to school within sight of it on the Widnes side.

At one time there was a footpath that ran the whole length of the railway bridge which was a great place to train spot. Sadly the connection at one end was severed.

Michael

Re: inspirations, for model bridges

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:16 pm
by markh
michaelasc wrote:In reply to Madmack on February 21, that's the Widnes - Runcorn bridge in Cheshire. I used to go to school within sight of it on the Widnes side.

At one time there was a footpath that ran the whole length of the railway bridge which was a great place to train spot. Sadly the connection at one end was severed.

Michael


Michael.

if you are refering to the pics of the swing bridge. it was located at workington harbour. i had a walk down there yedterday. and all that remains is the connection at the docks and a support at the harbour.

its a great shame it was demolished amd not fuxed. but there was no use for ut and it was demolsished. i should have some pics of it some where when it was being demolsished

mark

Re: inspirations, for model bridges

Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:34 pm
by michaelasc
Mark
No I'm referring to the twp pics you posted when you were driving in your dad's truck. You said you weren't quite sure where it was. That location is 100% the Widnes - Runcorn road bridge with the railway bridge alongside to the right. The railway bridge carries the main Crewe - Liverpool Lime Street electrified line. The shots you have shown are on the Widnes side with the railway bridge to the right. To the left at this point, but unseen, is St. Patrick's Catholic primary school which I attended during part of the early 1960s after my school, Rainhill St. Bartholomew's had burned down.

Michael

Re: inspirations, for model bridges

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:21 pm
by Lancastrian
Image

This the bridge from the other side with the railway bridge in front and the road bridge behind it.

Re: inspirations, for model bridges

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:33 pm
by flying scotsman123
Lancastrian wrote:Image

This the bridge from the other side with the railway bridge in front and the road bridge behind it.


Off you go then, where's your version? :lol:

Re: inspirations, for model bridges

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:40 pm
by glencairn
Lancastrian wrote:Image

This the bridge from the other side with the railway bridge in front and the road bridge behind it.


If the road bridge was built late 1950s/early 60s I had an uncle who was involved in building it.

Glencairn

Re: inspirations, for model bridges

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:47 pm
by Lancastrian
glencairn wrote:If the road bridge was built late 1950s/early 60s I had an uncle who was involved in building it. Glencairn
It was opened in 1961 and was called the Silver Jubilee Bridge.

Re: inspirations, for model bridges

Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:37 am
by michaelasc
Thar she blows. Those pictures were taken from the Runcorn side looking towards Widnes. That's the river Mersey which is at its narrowest for many a mile at this point. This is why the railway bridge was built here in the first place. You can make out the electrification masts of the main Crewe to Liverpool line on the far side. Above and just behind us on the right is Runcorn railway station. Way down the river you can just make out the cooling towers of Fiddlers Ferry power station. They are on the Widnes side of the river and there are many coal trains a day which run from the coal terminal in Liverpool to the power station.

What you can't see from this angle is the Manchester Ship Canal which runs right alongside the river here on this side between the bank and the first support tower. The canal is still open and navigable and is used to get ships from the river up to the docks in Salford. There are even cruises from Liverpool or Salford to the other end with return traffic being by coach.

When I were a lad there was a pedestrian walkway alongside the railway bridge. While you can still get to it from the Widnes side, if you know where to look because there is no signpost, sadly the connection on the Runcorn end was removed many years ago. So if you do walk across from t'other side you have to turn about face and go back.

Re: inspirations, for model bridges

Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:28 am
by glencairn
Lancastrian wrote:
glencairn wrote:If the road bridge was built late 1950s/early 60s I had an uncle who was involved in building it. Glencairn
It was opened in 1961 and was called the Silver Jubilee Bridge.


Thanks Lancastrian. That ties ion with the family info I have. As an aside ---- the same uncle 'cured' me of my fear of thunder and lightening. Bless him.

Glencairn

Re: inspirations, for model bridges

Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:38 am
by Lancastrian
Lancastrian wrote:It was opened in 1961 and was called the Silver Jubilee Bridge.
At the time it was being built I could see the arch from where I lived about 5 miles away. Being keen cyclists my friend and me first thought that we would have to ride the arch, we didn't know it was going to be a suspension bridge. :oops:

Re: inspirations, for model bridges

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:47 pm
by retiredoperator
Hi 0121 modeller I do like your bridges, and I have been trying your methods, but, I wish the lengths of styrene "I Beam" were a bit longer, as I am getting a collection of waste, unless I can utilise them it will become expensive, please advise. thankyou retiredoperator