The Spring Creek Railroad
G Scale Model Railway
Conductor Jerry Barnes
Engineer Jerry Barnes

Winter on the SCRR

A Covered Bridge being built for the SCRR
This Covered Bridge is being built using plans available at:

A picture tour of the 64 remaining Covered Bridges of New Brunswick

 The floor is attached and the side is on for a test fit.
Note the added angle braces under the floor.
The 1/4" plywood has been applied to the plywood
rafter triangles. Trim will be added. The shingle plan 
is to rip down 1/8" strips of redwood 1 1/2" wide and use
a saw blade to make fine cuts to simulate 1' wide shingles. 
The strips will be put on, over lappping as you do 
shingles. Should look fine from a distance.
Here you can see inside the roof and how the 
plywood tri angels are made. Jerry used a small piece 
of wood to turn to lock the roof down-it is removable 
in case of derailments. 
The plywood will be primered and painted to 
insure longevity
Jerry made this jig to space and hold the blocks while 
screwing them to the Trex 'ladder' strips with the Trex 
blocks in between. This makes it rigid and gives a good 
level track base. The track will sit on top of the Trex when
it is leveled.
Jerry made these rotating 'tabs' to lock the roof in place,
but make it easy to remove the roof, in case of derailment. 
You don't want a live steamer cooking inside your wood 
covered bridge!
A close-up of the planked side. Strips are 1/2" wide 
about 1/8" thick. Cut to length with some metal nips.
A trial fit of the painted roof(shingles will go over it). 
Fits fine! The open area on the side will be left as it is. 
The gabeled roof ends will be planked.
Ends of the covered bridge are getting planked,
then the roof!
 Yes there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The completed bridge.
 The bridge is all done and mounted to the blocks.
This gives you an overall feeling of how it
fits in the railroad.
 The bridge is tied down to a screw drilled into the 
block below it and to an eyebolt in 
the bottom of the frame.
The West sun really brings out the details in the bridge.
In this detail you can see the dry brushing of the darker 
stain over the lighter to enhance the shingle texture.
This eye level shot gives you a good idea of it's span.

After about 10 years Jerry's covered bridge roof was rotting away. Not the redwood, but the plywood underlayment. He had painted it good and thought it was sealed up well, but it was not.  His wife used to have a sign business and they used D-bond metal sign material for some of their signs. Aluminum sheet on both sides with a plastic honeycomb in the middle. Easy to cut with a saw or router.

He was able to get two pieces cut off a used sign from the local sign company for free and he used them for the new roof. He patterned the roof supports from one of the old pieces so everything fit back together. Took some measuring but it all came out fine.

Jerry is wondering about how to finish off the roof. He could get 4,000 separate cedar shingles to gue on, or Precision Products embossed plastic sheets or do what he did before, cutting many redwood strips, then spending hours with the Dremel table saw scoring shingle lines in the strips-he thinks that is out!  Another possibility is painting the roof, or just leaving it as it is, which he will do, with winter coming on.

Foam Bridge

Frames is upside down here. Wood plank top with 2x6 boards to be 
support behind the arches.  Jerry found the top shown here was
warped, the old fence boards were discarded and a new 1x12 board
8' long was purchased for the top. He cut the curve out of that, 
bending a strip of wood to trace off a curve.
Blocks were scribed in with a pencil. Arch was scribed with a compass. Keystone added also.  Extra pieces glued on using the same special foam glue that was used to glue to the wood supports. Deck screws were used also.
Bridge was painted first with latex house paint primer. Base tan coat of 
latex was mixed and applied with a brush. Some other acrylic colors 
were used to provide some variety in the blocks.
  The black covering on the plank is rubber ice/dam material that roofers use. Should provide protection for years.  Track is tacked down to follow the curve. Jerry uses SVRR code 250 track, since it is most realistic of all track.  Most of his track is 20 years old and always stays outside.
LED lights are under the arches. Jerry was going to put lights on top but figured he would just trip over them sometime and break them off.
First locomotive over the bridge is Jerry's Stirling Single that he made(see project button for that). Since the inner loop, where the new bridge is, had not been used for awhile Jerry discovered some track work was required
for the Stirling to navigate around It is  picky about track work so a 
good tool to use.

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Some of Jerry's Favorite Web Sites
Jerry's Jukebox
Jerry's Paintings that he did of things he saw while serving his tour of duty in Vietnam
Pictures that Jerry took during his tour of duty in Vietnam
Jerry's Model Ships
My Large Scale dot Com
This site is probably the best
G scale site there is
Steam in the Garden Magazine
Lots of good steam info and people who know steam
Aristo Craft Trains
This is a a good web site with forums and is split into steam, electric and a few other categories
Live Steam 1/29
A site that Don McKay started up devoted solely to the Aristo Craft Live Steam Mikado
Large Scale Tech Tips
This site was started by 
George Schreyer  years ago. 
Lots of good info there
Colorado Model Structures
Very reasonable priced buildings a building parts for your railroad.
Union Pacific Railroads
This web site has information on their two live steamers they still run and where they are going to on excursions. You can follow them on line.
Vietnam Transportation Association
Vietnam Transportation Association
Good web site if you are interested in transportation in the Vietnam war
A web site devoted solely to the
Gun Trucks used in Vietnam and now in Iraq. Many good pictures.
Modeling Vietnam Gun Trucks
This site will show you how Jerry has donehis Gun Truck Models.
Heartland Military Museum
Museum at Lexington, NE on I-80. Devoted to vehicles
used by the military.
Always Jukin' Magazine
Site devoted to jukeboxes, 
many ads and stories
Fast Hits Music
If you are looking for that certain 45 for your jukebox, this is the
place to go to
Kitabee Books
Lexington, NE
At Kitabee Books, we sell new and used books, book accessories & magnetic poetry kits.
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John's Old Car and Truck Pictures
A picture tour of the 64 remaining Covered Bridges of New Brunswick
The Covered Bridges 
of New Brunswick Canada
Visit Nova Scotia's Covered Bridges of the past
The Covered Bridges
of Nova Scotia Canada
The Old Railway Stations of Canada
Visit Lonnie Hedgepeth's Covered Bridge that is being built for his live steam train.
Visit Lonnie Hedgepeth's 
of Rocky Mount, North Carolina site.
He has used the plans provided on my web page and is building a Covered Bridge for his Live Steam train.
The building trades class at Darlington HS in Darlington, Wisconsin built this covered bridge for a local 
business man
Julie's model covered bridge
Julie and her father Gary built a model bridge using the plans on my Covered Bridge site for a school project
A tribute to the Steam Locomotives of the CNR
A tribute to the Steam Locomotives 
of the CNR
A tribute to the Steam Locomotives 
of the CPR
Ed's Etching are well worth the vist
Ed's Marble Etchings

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