Friday, January 14, 2022

The Fordyce Bridge

I got a start on the bridge tonight.

First thing I did was to lay a piece of paper over the tracks, made some location marks and then ran a graphite stick over the rails.  This gives me a perfect plan for the shape of the Stringers and Bridge.

The bridge will be a bit longer than the paper template, it'll start under the left loco and end about an 1" beyond the right loco.  The styrene strips are 14" so the bridge should end up being about 12-1/2" or so long.

Then I scanned it as a .JPG file and saved it as TOP view, then flipped the image and saved it again as BOTTOM view.

I also drew up a template for the bents.  

The pilings are longer than I need.

Here's the actual bridge from Google Maps.


  1. Are those pilings on the outside kicked out at the bottom? I guess if I have to ask then it may not be that noticable. I'm kind of sorry I suggested that bridge. Lol. It's a lot longer than I realized. Be a lot of work! That will look great.

    1. Not 100% sure? They look like they're pretty much straight with no slope.
      No worries man! I'm gonna make it about 12-1/2" long, maybe be about 2/3rds the actual length? It should look good!

  2. How far is this from Fordyce? Never seen in person.

    1. I made a mistake, it's actually south of Fordyce. I think it's about 5 miles North of Tinsman?,+AR+71631/@33.6613969,-92.354585,404m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x862d85b0068658c5:0x7022ecb25c0a0f0!8m2!3d33.629832!4d-92.3551494?hl=en&authuser=0