DURANGO THROUGH TRUSS Cast Resin and Etched-Brass kit Price: TBD To purchase: Send an email to be added to the list
The through-truss bridge known as 452-A in Durango, CO could be the most photographed narrow-gauge bridge ever. After a long and roving lifespan starting in 1888 including two earlier locations, this bridge still feels the weight of 36" gauge steam locomotives. The Durango and Silverton runs their trains daily through this bridge across the Animas River.
My previous 1:48 Navajo Truss proved to be a very popular kit. I decided to make another truss that is well known. This bridge is proving to be just that.
A change since I first announced this kit: It will be similar to the Cimarron Deck Truss with cast resin beam sides but with cast lacing. This kit will be made to assemble with ACC (super glue) adhesive so many more modelers will find it a project they want to build! The bridge will be quite strong by using steel full-length center stringers as the bridge backbone.
I have blueprint copies of this bridge and am making every effort to include all the details and nuances of the real truss.
I will update the progress as the project develops.
Modelers have expressed a desire for a through truss! Especially so in 1:48 for accurate On3 modeling.
WHEN?: I am working on it lately and will be ordering 3D prints of the first beam soon for tests..
PRICE?: The amount of castings to make 10 main beams, 14 vertical posts, 9 floor beams, etc., will be extensive. They will be mastered with 3-D prints like on the girder bridge. The castings will be made in my new-ish vacuum casting set up.
ARE YOU INTERESTED?: Send me an email and I will save it to my Durango Truss Bridge folder. No deposits taken or needed
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