“You can tie one on!”
David laid 530 ties across the approximately 11 foot long Ohio River Bridge spans. Ties started as 3/16" square basswood sticks (9 scale inches) cut 2 at a time to length on David’s bandsaw. The long ones will support the walkway. Today I brought over 6x8 guard timbers I custom ripped on a Byrnes precision miniature table saw.
Let’s see now. There are 2 spikes per tie plate, times 2 per tie, times 2 tracks, times 530 ties, well that’s only 4,240 spikes! After aligning the outer then inner rails, loosely spiked, David comes back and slips tie plates under the rails and spikes them into place.
For the majority of guests the bridge will be just below eye level. That will make for some real in-your-face railfanning.
Here David stands on a stool and on the Ohio River (sort-of walking on water) to get a more comfortable perch while spiking the rails.
There are a few more pieces to install on the bottom of the pin-connected truss. Hopefully they will be out of the urethane oven and installed in a few days hence. David and I were again were overwhelmed by Vince’s amazing craftsmanship in urethane casting, and also in planning all the parts in 3-D CAD before scratch building the masters for mold making.
I can’t wait to video the first train across this span! This will also be a popular place for the dispatcher to schedule meets. To the north is the ruling grade, and the south a rather short passing siding.
David observed that when the rails are in, we can do point-to-point test ops between Ricksburg and Linnwood, with a yard on each end. Pretty soon I’ll be on the hot seat to finish rebuilding a brass Overland pin-connected truss and an Atlas deck girder bridge.