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#12000 Jun 12, 2000

Good Morning Dear Friends,

Can anyone of you youngsters tell me something about MEC..s bridges, I..m

working on a trestle in HO that hopefully will look like MILW Kelly Creek

Trestle. It seems that they are too short in height, what can I do about

that. If this trestle works out well, I..ll build the Hull Creek or Moss

Creek Trestle as soon as I..m finished. By the way, these models, what are

they made of? are they strong etc.? Finally, where can I buy them? Is MEC

the only place to go?

Have a really nice day everyone, and take care.

Yours very truly,

Jan-Olov in Sweden



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#12002 Jun 12, 2000

Dear Jan, >Good Morning Dear Friends,

>Can anyone of you youngsters tell me something about MEC..s bridges, I..m

>working on a trestle in HO that hopefully will look like MILW Kelly Creek

>Trestle. It seems that they are too short in height, what can I do about

>that.

Either live with it :^( or scratchbuild new trestle towers. I have a

similar problem, in that I want double tracked trestles, and will need to

widen the Micro Engineering offerings. The latest issue of Mainline

Modeler has an article on rivet embossing tools and mentions the "Bridge

Master" set of riveted bridge details specifically designed to go with ME.

I think this is a new product line and I haven't been able to actually find

it yet, but if it becomes available, it would be of great utility! >If this trestle works out well, I..ll build the Hull Creek or Moss

>Creek Trestle as soon as I..m finished. By the way, these models, what are

>they made of? are they strong etc.?

Styrene plastic I believe, and yes, they are quite strong, although they

can be strengthened by putting a wood core throught eh deck girder sections. >Finally, where can I buy them? Is MEC the only place to go?

No, almost any hobby retailer will have them. A quick check of the

Walthers web ( ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- shows the tall steel viaduct in

stock in HO.

Happy rails

Bruce

Bruce F. Smith V.M.D., Ph.D.

Scott-Ritchey Research Center

334-844-5587, 334-844-5850 (fax)

---Links-Are-Forbidden--- is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" - Benjamin Franklin

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#12009 Jun 12, 2000

In a message dated 6/12/00 6:42:56 AM Central Daylight Time,

black.knight@... writes:

< Can anyone of you youngsters tell me something about MEC..s bridges, I..m

working on a trestle in HO that hopefully will look like MILW Kelly Creek

Trestle. It seems that they are too short in height, what can I do about

that. >>

First, I would recommend that you invest in one of those new $15 sprue

cutters--the sprues are so short and the parts so delicate you will lose your

religion otherwise.

Second, our structure expert Neil Thompson used several kits of those Central

Valley extra truss parts to extend the legs (We have a total of three kits or

six towers on a mine branch). Once done, they seem to be sturdy and an

impressive sight.

The MR layout MR&T has one which I believe they also extended. Perhaps Andy

or Jim can confirm and let us know what the modeler used.

Bob Zoeller



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#12014 Jun 13, 2000

bobspf@... wrote: > First, I would recommend that you invest in one of those new $15 sprue

> cutters--the sprues are so short and the parts so delicate you will lose your

> religion otherwise.

The new sprue nibblers (by Intermountain, PBL and others) are great.

But, I've also grateful that I one of the larger sprue cutting tools

that can be used for cutting the sprues themselves. I have one made by

Testors. It is a great combination -- I use the testors' snipper to cut

the sprues apart, which gives me more maneuverability when I'm using my

Intermountain sprue nibbler. > Second, our structure expert Neil Thompson used several kits of those Central

> Valley extra truss parts to extend the legs (We have a total of three kits or

> six towers on a mine branch). Once done, they seem to be sturdy and an

> impressive sight.

One caveat about building a bridge using the Microengineering steel

trestles -- I highly recommend reviewing prototype photos, especially of

the joint between the top of the trestle bents and the bridge spans.

Many modelers use the I-beam castings (included in the Microengineering

kit) to shim between the top of the bent and the bridge spans. While

there may be examples of where this was done on the prototype, AFAIK, it

was not a common prototypical design. (Structurally, an I-beam used to

support a bridge this way would not have much strength to resist the

dynamic forces of train acceleration/de acceleration....)

--Chris Webster Grad School: cwebster@...

www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~cwebster

Prof. Org:.cwebster@...

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#12015 Jun 13, 2000

I said: > But, I've also grateful that I one of the larger sprue cutting tools

> that can be used for cutting the sprues themselves.

A perfect example of why _not_ to start the day by posting to a list. I

really should try coffee. :-)

I meant to say "But I am also grateful that I own one of the larger

sprue cutting tools...."



--Chris Webster Grad School: cwebster@...

www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~cwebster

Prof. Org:.cwebster@...

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#12017 Jun 13, 2000

Replying to Bob Zoeller's question, Jim Kelly built the tall viaduct on the

MR&T using MicroEngineering kits and parts. I don't believe any Central

Valley items were involved.

So long,

Andy

Andy Sperandeo

Editor

MODEL RAILROADER Magazine

P.O. Box 1612

Waukesha, WI 53187

Phone: 262-796-8776, ext. 461

Fax: 262-796-1142

e-mail: asperandeo@...


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