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

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This page contains three projects
The track expansion project, Jerry's New Trestle
 And The metal bridge.

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The track expansion project


First step in the rail road expansion is the grass 
removal-LOTS of work!  Decorative concrete landscape
 blocks, laid two high will follow the circle around and the 
track will lay on top of it. Down the west(left) side will be
 the covered bridge and some wood trestles. Jerry got
 some good input from his wife, Sylvia, on where to plac
 items in relationship to her landscape plans-she's 
CHIEF landscaper. :-)
The Trex 'ladder' is laid in place to check what plants 
need to be removed before installation.
Note removed track.
2700 pounds of landscape bricks for the expansion.
 Track will run on top of them in some areas, other areas
 will be trestles or the covered bridge.
Here the Trex has been screwed to plastic pipe that 
was pounded down  into the ground, note the one
 pipe  that needs to be cut off, Jerry could not 
drive it any deeper.
The first blocks were laid in with care to get them level.
The tools used in the block laying. Black arrow shows 
the string level. Red, the rubber hammer to tap it down 
at the very last step, and the torpedo level to check it 
with. Green arrow is for Jerry's homemade tamper.
A 4' piece of wood trestle will go in the space to break
 up the line of bricks. The covered bridge will do the
 same on around the curve.  Variety!
Jerry has added the second layer of blocks. The gap
 will have some trestle installed-once it's made! He's 
hoping there is enough topsoil to fill in the hills and 
valleys behind the blocks. 
Jerry did a trial fit of the covered bridge 
(minus it's roof). 
Nice play of the light on the covered bridge.
View of the bridge from the North side
He had to curve the track around the willow tree.
Jerry used the Trex ladder system again on the north end
 to tie into the landscape blocks. It ended up needing 3 
blocks high. A new trestle will run from it 
to the blocks down the west side. 
In this view of the north end you can see where the
 new trestle will go in to tie the two areas together.
The south end had it's dirt pile moved around to back
 fill to the blocks and provide the drainage from the gray
 bridge. The large opening is for the covered bridge. 
More dirt will be added for a hill
and some rocks.
You can see the Trex has been filled around/in with gravel.
 The track will sit on top of it. 
 It took Jerry 2 more pickup loads of topsoil to
fill in behind the blocks.
 The North end is filled in around the Trex and making a 
nice slope for future plants in the spring.
The north end has large lava rocks, due to eruptions in
 the past. Easy to carry! The station will be repositioned 
between the two tracks. New track will be on top 
of the landscape blocks.
Two dwarf Alberta Spruces are planted, 
along with some Wintergreen boxwoods
trimmed to appear as trees.
Flagstones were broken and stacked horizontally
to mimic a sedimentary cliff. Assembled
artfully by Sylvia, broken by Jerry.
Looking from the north end you can see the 
green limestone by the curving blocks.
The limestones are kept in one area, no
mixing of rock types. A mine will be made 
for this someday.
A few rocks were placed to control erosion. Gravel 
was used between the blocks and a small area 
behind them.
The bridge is all done and mounted to the blocks. 
This gives you an overall feeling of how
it fits in the railroad.
An overall view of the track laid so far. About 
30' left, but it got too cold to continue!
A view from the N end, showing 
the curve around the tree.
Jerry could not resist running a train on the
expansion, even though it wasn't done. 
Here the Bachman Shay he rebuilt is backing 
out of the covered Bridge
Here is the first run through the covered bridge,
makes neat sounds, rumbles nice!
The shay going thru the S curve to the tunnel. 
Makes a pretty picture! 
Jerry didn't get the Shay stopped in time and it ran off 
the track into the dirt-no damage though
The McKeen car makes the first full circuit 
of the finished expansion
McKeen Cars negotiates the two switches with no problem. 
The first one goes to the town, but is not yet hooked up,
 the other goes over to the gray
bridge on the old loop.

Jerry's New Trestle


First Jerry laid a piece of Trex down to make the
curve, then  followed it with the redwood. 
It had to be pieced in, was too tight of a curve to
be in one long piece.
Everything had to be kept level, the curve does
have a slight bank to it though.
 The trestle is all assembled, awaiting the track, 
but first stain! 

Making 'Sylvia's Stream'

The railroad had a dry stream bed for years,
 Sylvia decided  it was time for a real stream, 
so she dug it out some.
Some leftover roofing liner from the big pond was used
 for the stream base and for the small pond at the bottom,
 it will have a pump in it.
    The rubber was in pieces, so a special splice piece was bought. It had adhesive on the back to put it in place.
The bottom of the stream had a flat rock to form a nice waterfall into the rubber lined pond. ALL the small rocks had to be glued in by Sylvia, one at a time with rubber cement, all the way up the stream! 
Here is a finished shot of the stream, remember, all the rocks were glued in, due to the slope.
Here you can see the bridge the stream runs under.

The metal bridge

He decided that the old wood trestle would have to go also, since he already had two trestles next to one another. He decided on a metal bridge.
It is a truss style bridge, sometimes called a Pratt Truss.
He used 1/2" square steel tubing for it. He cut all the pieces and made
a jig to hold them in place. A friend welded it up for him, since
he does not know how to weld.

 The welded up bridge is 14' long and 15" wide 12" high.
 Details of the truss. 
The rails ride on the two pieces on top.
 Jerry used 6 cans of primer and 6 cans of black gloss 
to get it all painted. He was glad he bought a
good spray mask.
 The McKeen car was the first train over the bridge.
Jerry's new Aristo Craft Pacific locomotive shows how well the smoke unit works as it goes across the new bridge, pulling his streamliner cars. It is track powered.
 Jerry lettered/numbered it for Union Pacific's #2861 which ran in Nebraska back in the 40's. 
It has a Vanderbilt type tender with 6 axles.


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