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Offline 5HorizonsRR  
#1 Posted : 10 January 2021 19:04:38(UTC)

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Hi everyone,

I'm working on a project which uses the old metal marklin bridges for an analogue "high line," subway style. This will live above a C track layout/landscape, the trackage for which is already operational (albeit in need of track screws, for those who saw my topic the other month)

My challenge is that I don't have any marklin piers, nor do I want to use them anyhow. The bigger challenge is the fact there is C track directly underneath, so I need to devise an elevated subway-style system for this.

Have you guys seen anything like this before? I'm trying to ideate something, and the key headaches seem to be as follows:

1- The tabs and center rail joiners that get in the way of mounting any solutions (see image)
2- The solution for mounting at ground level, although that I suspect won't be the hard part.

My Plan B is doing 1/8" spacers to clear the tabs and tongues, then mounting the whole thing on a ~1/8 x 3" hobby board, but this leaves a spacing between the bridges and the board I don't like. I could maybe do it in Styrene and "skirt" the gap, but then it all starts becoming a bigger project than I want for something that won't be around forever.

I think the ideal solution is a simple and graceful form of a U bracket, like my terrible drawing below, but the execution is the question mark.

Anyone have ideas, or seen a similar solution?

FS + SBB Era 2-5 and Vintage Marklin
Offline DaleSchultz  
#2 Posted : 11 January 2021 01:58:43(UTC)

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willing to bend the tabs flat?
Intellibox + own software, K-Track
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Offline 5HorizonsRR  
#3 Posted : 11 January 2021 17:38:24(UTC)

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That was the easy plan. I went to go do it and realized the center rail pickup tongue is almost the same height, despite not looking like it in the image.
FS + SBB Era 2-5 and Vintage Marklin
Offline rbw993  
#4 Posted : 11 January 2021 18:36:01(UTC)

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Lionel made a set back in the sixties that include two trains, one in O the other HO. The O gauge train ran on top of the Lionel no. 111 trestle set, probably two sets actually. Both the Super O track and HO track had the the same 18" radius so the HO train could run through the trestles. Don't have a clue how many they sold! Where do you go from there? But maybe they would work for you. They are available on e-bay and not rare.

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