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Bridge Abutments
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 9:50 AM
I am at the point in my HO layout construction where I am adding the bridges. My question is how do I make the bridge abutments? Is there anything I can buy off the self and trim to my needs or do I have to make them from scratch?
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 10:37 AM
For concrete abutments I use the same pink foam I use for scenery building. I cut it to the shape I want and paint it a weathered concrete color. I then plant it and scenic around it. They look quite realistic.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 1:04 PM
I seem to recall a recent article in Model Railroader about this topic. There are a number of off the shelf products. Check the Scenery section of the Walthers catalog or your local hobby shop.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 8:54 PM
Thomas,

I would build them from scratch but I also design bridges for a living so I am looking for some very specific details in an abutment.

I recall three companies which produce abutments in HO Scale; Chooch, Walthers Cornerstone series and someone else. I believe Walthers makes abutments and piers specifically to match the double track truss bridge they produce. The Walthers abutment is intended to look like a grey concrete abutment.

The Chooch abutment comes in a cut stone version or a tan concrete. The other manufacturer produces an abutment to go with Micro Engineering's plate girder bridges.

I could write several pages on abutments so let me know if you have any questions and I will tell you what I know.

Good Luck - Ed

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