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Bridge for vehicles

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Bridge for vehicles
Posted by hbgatsf on Saturday, January 21, 2023 12:29 PM

I want to install a truss bridge for HO scale vehicles (cars and trucks.) Can I use a N scale train bridge for this application?

Rick

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Posted by cowman on Saturday, January 21, 2023 5:10 PM

Too small.  I just put two CMW pickups side by side in an HO bridge. can barely pass.  Maybe a double track N bridge.

Good luck,

Richard

 

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Posted by davidmurray on Saturday, January 21, 2023 6:42 PM

Put up stop signs.  Single lane bridge.  Good for rural road.

 

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, January 22, 2023 3:22 PM

hbgatsf
I want to install a truss bridge for HO scale vehicles (cars and trucks.) Can I use a N scale train bridge for this application?

You could use the vertical trusses, but you'd need a different, wider deck structure.

This presumes the trusses aren't "bonded" with girders across the top.  Look at earlier truss bridge pictures to see the methods used to minimize material cost 'back in the day' -- you might use stanped crossbeams and guy 'cable' ties across the top instead of a full structural truss arrangement up there.  There were some interesting examples in the history of New Haven Shore Line bridges over the years...

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Posted by cowman on Sunday, January 22, 2023 4:36 PM

In my earlier answer I used an Atlas Warren truss bridge (150-883).  With a piece of scribed balsa laid in to  look  like planking, it would work well as a single lane auto bridge as David suggested.

I've seen flat cars and plate girder bridges used as bridges for driveways and farm field access.

Have fun,

Richard

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