The Model Railroader's Guide to Bridges & Trestles

Jeff Wilson
Item #12834

Bridges are key elements of model railroad scenes! Understanding how real railroads use them, and how they’ve evolved, is important to realistically modeling them.

The Model Railroader’s Guide to Bridges and Trestles covers the history of various types of bridges, shows how they evolved in design and size, and explains how railroads choose the appropriate type of bridge to fit each situation.  

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The Model Railroader’s Guide to Bridges & Trestles is your one-stop source for information on real bridges. This book will guide you through the history of the various bridge types from the first days of railroading through today, showing older bridge types still in use, older bridge types that are now obsolete, and new concrete and steel designs.

This all-new book includes: 

  • The history of various types of bridges. 

  • How bridges have evolved in design and size. 

  • How bridges fit in with other related scenic elements. 

  • Many bridge types: Wood trestles, stone and concrete arches, culverts, wood and steel truss bridges, steel plate-girder bridges, and cantilevers. 

  • Information to help modelers choose appropriate bridges for the region, era, and type of railroad they model. 

Improve your layout by learning how to model bridges accurately.

Author: Jeff Wilson
Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Pages: 112
Author Bio
Jeff Wilson has written more than 40 books on railroads and model railroading. He spent 10 years as an
associate editor at Model Railroader magazine, and he currently works as a freelance writer, editor, and
photographer, contributing articles to MR and other magazines. He enjoys many facets of the hobby, especially
building structures and detailing locomotives, as well as photographing both real and model railroads.
Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Basics of bridge design

Chapter 2: Culverts and beam bridges

Chapter 3: Wood bridges and trestles

Chapter 4: Stone and concrete bridges

Chapter 5: Steel truss and cantilever bridges

Chapter 6: Plate-girder bridges

Chapter 7: Bascule, swing, and lift bridges

Chapter 8: Abutments and piers

Chapter 9: Bridge details


The Model Railroader’s Guide to Bridges & Trestles

Author Jeff Wilson, with more than 30 prototype and model railroading books to his credit, has sufficiently covered the basic designs and uses of bridges and trestles in this 112-page reference book. He gives the basics of bridge design, talks about culverts and beam bridges, wood bridges and trestles, stone and concrete bridges, steel truss and cantilever bridges, plate girder bridges, bascule, swing and lift bridges, abutments and piers, as well as bridge details. 

Paging through this book you’ll see dozens and dozens of great black and white, and some color photos, of railroad bridges which are then explained and detailed in the text. Since this is a reference book, you’ll find only prototype bridges and structural details shown throughout the pages. But what a commendable compilation of photos and drawings, along with detailed explanations of the various types of railroad bridges. Any modeler can greatly benefit from having this book in their library, even if their layout is already built. Knowing the reasons for various types of bridges helps modelers know if they’ve constructed the correct bridge for a certain situation.The prototype railfan will enjoy paging through the book to learn more about this subject, as well. 

With the comprehensive text, and the numerous photos of the various types of bridges, this is a book worth having in your train library.

—By Don Heimburger, Heimburger House Publishing Co.

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