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This is the first actual part of Balcombe station.  One of its features from the period we are modelling is a cast iron footbridge - not the one there now, which is an Exmouth Junction concrete product.  It is shown here <a href='http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Balcombe_railway_station_1745357_cc3c259a.jpg' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Balcombe_railway_station_1745357_cc3c259a.jpg</a> .  Of note is that at one end there is a conventional landing and staircase, but at the other the bridge connects with a covered staircase coming from the road above.  The main bridge deck is also quite long as a result.<br /><br />This type of bridge is very common across the country and was bought as a 12in:ft kit from suppliers by many companies. Many years ago I had bought a Kemilway brass footbridge kit at an exhibition, and this was basically ideal as a starting point (there are many detailed variations).  But one was not long enough, so I acquired two more to give the right length for the main horizontal bridge section.  So here is what you get in three Kemilway footbridge kits:<br /><br /><br /><br />These are superbly designed etches that make up solid looking lattice sections.  The basis is the laminating of two lattice sections with opposite diagonals to make the x-pattern lattices.  To make the length required I used the curved and horizontal sections from one kit and the horizontals from the other two:<br /><br /><br /><br />Half-etched channel provides the upper and lower stengtheners, and eventually you end up with this:<br /><br /><br /><br />At this stage I don't know how long exactly it needs to be, so for the time being I can't add the remaining detail and join the two sides.  So I made a start on the landing and staircase which can be completed.  The sides of the landing illustrate the same construction process as the main bridge section.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />These will attach to the landing, seen here with the appropriate under-arches.<br /><br /><br /><br />More to follow, probably as quickly as the 10800 loco progress (!)

 

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