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how do i build lego train bridges? help

winter_zombiewinter_zombie Banned Posts: 54
edited June 2011 in Building and Techniques
hi
im going to be buying my first lego train this week
and im soon going to be starting my lego train layout
id like an open air bridge.something with pillers and side rails so the train can be seen going over my city. but i dont know were to start or what is needed. i just have a image in my head from a harry potter film were the train is going over a bridge and way below is just a big river. (if that helps you understand me at all)

but to be honest ive never even seen a lego bridge (if their is one), can anybody give me any advise or pointers please.

many thanks

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  • winter_zombiewinter_zombie Banned Posts: 54
    yes like that very cool but no wear as big. just something i could use on my table top city layout. but good find thanks for posting that.
  • Cam_n_StuCam_n_Stu UKMember Posts: 368
    Only a section, but still too big? http://www.flickr.com/photos/disley/273980376/
  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    edited June 2011
    ^ The finished version is quite awesome. Warren (one of the members here) built it; there's a video of Warren being interviewed in front of it by the BBC somewhere on-line ... can't find it at the moment, but I'm sure @warrenelsmore will point it out :-)

    EDIT - spoke too soon; it's here -
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8493631.stm
  • winter_zombiewinter_zombie Banned Posts: 54
    Only a section, but still too big? http://www.flickr.com/photos/disley/273980376/
    WoW thats nice too
    i wish you could buy a lego bridge from lego.com
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    If it helps for inspiration, the potter viaduct is this one, just North of Fort William in Scotland
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenfinnan_Viaduct

    To make something like that you're gonna need a LOT of bricks though!

    If you want a fast, good looking, Lego designed solution, I can recommend getting a couple of these;
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=7900-1
    (or just buy the bridge parts off brickset).
  • warrenelsmorewarrenelsmore Member Posts: 77
    Actually, that first bridge (the tan one) isn't mine - it belonged to David Tabner. But yes, the Forth Bridge is (was) mine. It's gone now though, the 'steel' has been recycled to St Pancras ;-)
  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    edited July 2011
    ^ actually, I don't think anyone said it (the tan one) was yours :-P
  • winter_zombiewinter_zombie Banned Posts: 54
    If it helps for inspiration, the potter viaduct is this one, just North of Fort William in Scotland
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenfinnan_Viaduct

    To make something like that you're gonna need a LOT of bricks though!

    If you want a fast, good looking, Lego designed solution, I can recommend getting a couple of these;
    http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=7900-1
    (or just buy the bridge parts off brickset).
    can you please tell me if the 7900 is solid or will i need to reinforce it? and is it wide enough for a train ???
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,727
    edited July 2011
    ^ I think the suggestion was to use the bridge parts from 7900 to construct something in double-quick time. I don't recall 7900 actually containing a complete usable bridge once built, but if it does then I doubt very much it'd be very robust........

    To be honest, it's extremely easy to build a bridge out of the most basic of bricks and plates. You just need to make sure it's wide enough to accommodate the track, and solidly built enough to take the small amount of weight that'd pass over it.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,572
    edited July 2011
    I have a bunch of 7900 bridge 'girder' type pieces waiting to be constructed into bridges, and I believe the easiest way to re-enforce it is to make a track 'bed of plates for the track to rest on.. you can check eBay for inspiration as there are a few people using those for bridges as well and trying to sell them.
    I would say those but if they are too expensive you can go the Technic way and use suggestions from the train Idea book (I believe number 7777?)
  • brickingbricking LAMember Posts: 58
    Something like this?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctorsinister/5047678593/
    strangely unrealistic. It's span ratio seems more like the Millau Viaduct. Maybe if they turn those arches upside-down they'll be on to something.
    The forth bridge job, on the other hand, is awesome.

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