Bridge to Nowhere...DONE!
This was a critical part of the tram line....now there really is a destination outside the city for the little people to visit!
The construction was fairly simple....Atlas flex track forms the core of the bridge, with two 1 3/4 or 45mm pieces of sintra attached to the outer edges of the sleepers/ties (regular styrene would work just as well). This gets a color of the same paint that I used for my city streets. The sidewalks are just pieces of styrene, however, I did score them with a knife to give a more realistic look, and then applied some weathering to make the scoring stand out more (I used the same method as I describe in the video in this post. Its very easy and looks great!).
After thinking about several methods, I ended up masking out the yellow lines for the street markings. This method worked pretty well, despite the masking tape taking a little of the gray paint off the plastic base. I will be working on adding this to the rest of the city, which will be much more complicated!
The 'guard rails' on the sides are really the key element. These are from the Kato 23-213 guard rails and road fences. While it was always obvious where the guard rails could go, the road fences had a distinctive design to them that I wasn't sure about....but they sure did come in handy for this bridge! They were attached by drilling very small holes with my Dremel and then inserted and glued into the holes!
The lights are from my favorite manufacturer for street lights...Viessmann. While they are incandescent and not the far more reliable LED's I'd prefer, I'm not aware yet of any good looking, 'warm white' LED street lights in N Scale yet. And yes, in the above photo you can see that (finally!) I am able to start putting buildings back on the layout after this very long revision to my layout!
So this is what's been keeping my busy (well....that, and a little house-keeping on the blog, which was starting too look a bit too cluttered for my test and was due for an overhaul. I hope you like the new look!).