In this Clinic, we will show you how to use the beautiful art
work of Mark Johnson's Wood and Steel Trestle bridges to create
a custom length to span any river on your layout.
The trestle shown in these photos was done in about 45 minutes.
Follow these steps to create your own masterpiece
Step 1: Create the background.
Click on the background icon on the top
menu bar and add groundcover and any major scenery elements such
as a gorge or a river. Lay some track that spans the area of
Add top scenery elements
Click the foreground icon. Select the bridge style and place a
bridge span and some support piers on the layout. Add a short
section of track for sizing purposes. Click on the View Rails
icon to show the rail tops on your track. You will use these to
size the bridge elements so that the rails become unbroken lines
on the finished trestle
Step 3 - Size the Bridge Elements
with a bridge span, line it up and re-size it so that its rails
match the track rails. Right click the image, select Properties
and write down the vertical size dimension. You will use that to
size the piers as well. Copy the span. Place the first span in
the desired position
Step 4. Place the piers.
Select the first pier, click on Properties, change to vertical
dimension to match that of the span. Align the pier with the
Step 5 - Repetition is Good!!
Repeat the process by pasting the copy of the initial span and
selecting the desired pier elements as you go until your trestle
Step 6: Adding Roadbed with Grow Roadbed Feature
In order to have the roadbed go up to the trestle but not across
it, you must first isolate the bridge track. Go to TrainPlayer
Help and select “Isolating Track” for directions to isolate the
bridge track from the rest
Finally, select the non-trestle portions of the track, right
click a highlighted section and click on Grow Roadbed. If you’re
unsure of this process, see “Roadbed” in the Help file for
And here is your finished trestle
contributed by Jim Schenk