|New bridge at the west end of the Fort Frances yard.|
Ever since I started dreaming about, designing and then building the CP Rail Manitoba & Minnesota Sub., I wanted to have a bridge or two spanning the yard in the town of Fort Frances.
In the very early days, before any scenery was applied, I put long pieces of balsa on wood "abutments" to simulate bridges--just to see what it looked like.
|Bridge at the east end.|
The idea behind the bridges was that they would help break the town scene into discrete sections, a way of breaking up the long expanse of town and yard.
Over the last number of years, I accumulated Rix bridge kits, with the idea that I would, one day, get around to building those bridges.
Well, almost 20 years have gone by, and I never got around to building those kits.
But then my friend Arnold Walker began to take down his amazing Northland Route layout. In October, I was able to get his fantastic Pioneer grain elevator for the M & M Sub. This month, I was able to get two of his bridges.
(I told him that, piece-by-piece, the Northland Route is moving north to my layout from his.)
The bridges needed to be cut to fit my space; a hacksaw took care of that easily enough.
After using a bit of glue to fix them in place, and then I finally had those bridges I've wanted for so long.