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TRAINS4U2C2
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posted on Oct 24, 2009 08:46 AM:
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This is a cable bridge I building. I've painted it the Univ. of Flroida colors, Orange & Blue









 

   

TRAINS4U2C2
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posted on Oct 24, 2009 10:56 AM:
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Thanks John for your help.
 

   

JohnBoy
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posted on Oct 24, 2009 11:38 AM:
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You're welcome. Looks like you have the hang of it! Thanks very much for sharing.

I would love to see some of the construction photos and a little bit of the how-to on this bridge project. I also ventured into a suspension-type bridge, but my techniques were much more primitive than yours. I'm interested in how you threaded the cables in this unique O-gauge creation.

Cheers,

John
 

   

TRAINS4U2C2
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posted on Oct 24, 2009 08:42 PM:
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Double Track




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This is an end view of a upright support. I've routed two groves, one for a wire and the other to hold the sections with holes to string the cables thru.





These are paper cutouts of the X supports




This is the bottom of the roadbed. I routed a 1/4" x 1/4" grove on each side to hide the cable, It should have been deeper.

Groves routed in  bottom of road bed



This is the top side of the roadbed showing holes drilled for the cable, 1 1/2" apart. The wider space showing is for the upright support.


Holes drilled in road bead



I came up with this method to hold the roll of weed eater twine

Clamps holding cable on tu



Here I've strung the first strand of cable, just kept threading it back and forth, aprox 40 ft. of cable.

Cable threaded before tighting



This is what I used to hold the cable in place and tight. A small cable crimp end, turnbuckle and a cup hook

Cable ends crimps & turnbuckle



Cable crimp in place, just need to cut excess off.

Cable end Crimp on



Turn buckle attached waiting for the "cup hook crew" to show up.

Turnbuckle



Each section takes about an hour to string.

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The total length is about 8 ft. I started out with a 1" x 8" x 8' and the supports are 27" tall.

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I'd be happy to answer any questions anyone has.

Thanks for looking,

Doug
 

   

TRAINS4U2C2
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posted on Nov 8, 2009 06:15 AM:
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This is a facing I'm making to go along side the roadbed to hide the exposed cables that show from the bottom.

The two pictures are the same piece, just flipped, I'm trying to decide which way to put it.
 

   

TRAINS4U2C2
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posted on Nov 8, 2009 06:18 AM:
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JohnBoy
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posted on Nov 23, 2009 09:04 AM:
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Looking good Doug. Can't wait to see what it looks like with the facings on the sides...

Thanks for sharing.

John
 

   

TRAINS4U2C2
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posted on Dec 19, 2009 09:48 AM:
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Just some updates:













 

   

TRAINS4U2C2
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posted on Jul 3, 2010 07:35 AM:
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This is where the bridge will be placed, joining the double helix at the bottom.











 

   

SE18
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posted on Mar 22, 2011 11:38 AM:
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This should win a prize in creativity. With the 2 helixes, it gives an art-deco flavor

Dave V
 

   

TRAINS4U2C2
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posted on Sep 17, 2011 10:25 PM:
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Just an update on this project, It hasn't died, it's just on the back burner of the list of honey-do's
until I get the house sold in Fla. and move this to my basement in Culpeper.

Doug
 

   





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