Bridge Upgrades

February 25, 2012

We are always looking for ways to improve our products.  This time we created some new truss work details to make our bridges #110 and #111 more realistic.  These are two of our more popular bridges but we still believed we could add more value to them.   The best part is that we are not changing the price!  We hope you like the improvements and we look forward to hear your opinion.


Bridge #110


Bridge #111




O Gauge Vertical Lift Bridge

January 17, 2012

One of the first projects of 2011 was the fabrication of an O gauge lift bridge for The Paradise & Pacific Railroad in McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, for their new O gauge layout display.  We also built an O  and G gauge over head train systems for the lobby area of the new model railroad building.

The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is located in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona, the park is the most unique of it’s kind in the country.  There are two historically-accurate scale-model train rides, a growing collection of full-scale railroad engines and cars, an original Scottsdale 1930s machine shop with all its tools and three genuine Santa Fe Railroad depots.  One of McCormick- Stillman Railroad Park’s most delightful— and unusual—features is the group of dedicated model railroaders who are members of four clubs “in residence” at the Park.

The model train layouts (O, HO, and N), which are operated by independent clubs are now housed the park’s new model railroad building.

Below you can see pictures of the Vertical Lift bridge for the P&P Railroad, O gauge Club and pictures of the Overhead train systems. located at the lobby of the new model railroad building.

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A Year in Garden Railroading

January 13, 2012

The countdown for 2013 has begun!  Here at Eaglewings Iron Craft, we are excited to see what new projects this year will bring.  Last year was a very good year for us, we were really fortunate to stay busy.  It was a bit hard to update the blog and keep everyone informed of the interesting projects that we worked on through the year.

This year, one of our many goals is to keep everyone better informed about what is happening here at Eaglewings.  We’ll share past and present  projects, new products and information about our Garden Railroad events.

Coal Tiple

February 2, 2011

We would like to present a new “G scale” train structure, this new building is a multi-level “Coal Tipple” that also includes a detached “Power room” and a “small shed”.  This new structure was conceived by our friend Jack from Tucson.  Jack stumbled on a kit  for “HO Scale” that immediately caught his eye; the problem was that his layout is a G Scale garden railroad.  Jack being an architect started drawing plants to start building this structure for his layout in G Scale.

Coal Tiple, side view.

Coal Tipple, side view.

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Point of Rocks Train Station

January 6, 2011

Hello and happy New Year to All,

I hope everyone had a nice year.  Here at Eaglewings we were very fortunate to keep doing what we love especially because we had the chance to work on some very interesting projects all over the country.

We’ll start by sharing with you our Point of Rocks Train Station.  It all started with Jack a club member of the National Christmas Tree Railroad.  After the club ordered some buildings and accessories from Eaglewings;  Jack called and wanted to know if we could help him bring to life his idea of a replica of the Station, to which we gladly said yes.  Jack had always been fascinated by the Station and decided to include it on the club’s annual display at the National Christmas Tree.

The  Point of Rocks Railroad Station is a historic passenger rail station on the MARC Brunswick Line between Washington, D.C. and Martinsburg, WV.  The station was built by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1873, and designed by E. Francis Baldwin. It is a two and one-half story, triangular Gothic Revival with a four-story tower and a one and one-half story wing at the base. The tower has a pyramidal roof containing a dormer on each side. On top is a square cupola supporting a pyramidal peaked roof.

The Point of Rocks Railroad Station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, and reopened for the Maryland Rail Commuter Service established the Brunswick Line.

Some time before we started this project we became good friends with Dennis Denray.  He had been recommending a 3D program to expand  and improve our design capabilities.  When we came across this project we knew Dennis was right.  To start this project we had to learn a whole new program!  Thanks to Dennis who gave Oscar a crash course and guided him thru the designing process of the station; we were able to create the replica and so the construction began

First we are going to start with the completed 3D model.

This is a view of some the flat parts used to build the Station.

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Grain Elevator – By Freddy Goetz

January 4, 2010

Grain Elevator


The grain elevator and silos were painted with rust oleum multicolor textured paint; color desert bisque this represented concrete.

First I taped off the frame to leave primer gray to represent concrete cast beams.  The roof was painted flat black.  Next I took the head house on the silos and covered with aluminum sheeting representing corrugated sheeting.  This was made by cutting ends of beer or pop cans off, then cutting down the sides, flattening each can and running each sheet thru a ribbon crimper, then each sheet was cut to scale 3ft by 8 ft and then they were placed on the sides and roof.  Each piece had pinholes punched in with an AWL and glued with clear liquid nails allowing some to ooze thru the holes to form rivets. 

The rail and dump house were done the same way.  The windows were cut from 1/8 in. Lexon scrap pieces and mounted inside with clear liquid nails.  The process in not hard to do.  (Using a rod and painters tape to attach the Lexon sheets then the liquid nails to the edge of the Lexon then reach down inside the building and put in place.)  However the trim was painted first with acrylic brown.  The dust collectors were painted silver


The Mill


The mill was painted with rust oleum multicolor textured paint.  The color desert bisque was used to represent concrete.  The loading dock was taped off and left primer gray to represent cast concrete.  The roof was painted flat black.  The roof over the rail car loading dock was covered with corrugated aluminum; those sheets were cut out of soda cans and put thru a ribbon crimper.  The next step was to make pinholes with AWL and glued in place with clear liquid nails allowing it ooze thru the pinholes to form rivets.  The trim was done with acrylic paints.

Window sheets were cut from 1/8 inch Lexon and mounted inside with liquid nails; except for the elevator housing on the roof (using a rod and painters tape will assist you in placing the windows inside the building when it is on its side.

Finally the warehouse was done the same way.

Water Cranes

Water cranes were painted flat black.  The base plate was painted concrete color.  A three-inch house made from cable protector was glued on for a flexible hose to extend the pipe closer to the tender water hatch.

Curved and Arched Bridges

December 29, 2009

Ok … Lately we have been working on some very interesting projects.  This one is definitely on the top of that list.   We had our friend Howard from Atlanta come up to us with a challenge.  He is building a new layout in his basement it is a basic oval shaped layout  but the bridges that he wanted weren’t so simple… 

He wanted to have something like this bridge

Ok that is not very hard to do… but what happens when you want to have a bridge like that on a 180 degree curve at one  of the ends of the oval and  one 90 degrees on the other end?

The Bollman Bridge For “G Scale”

December 28, 2009

The Bollman bridge will be our new project this is a very interesting bridge in Maryland.  We are going to be making the G scale version of the this Bridge;  below you can read a bit about it.  Then I will add pictures of the process of making the replica.

The Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge at Savage, Maryland is the sole surviving example of a revolutionary design in the history of American bridge engineering. The 160 foot double-span truss bridge is one of the oldest standing iron railroad bridges in the United States. It was the first successful all-metal bridge design to be adopted and consistently used on a railroad. The type was named for its inventor, Wendel Bollman, a self-educated Baltimore engineer.


The bridge was built for an unknown location on the main line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1852, and was moved to its present location, spanning the Little Patuxent River on the spur to the Savage Mill, in 1887. The bridge remained in service until the mill closed in 1947; switching crews used additional cars in order to avoid crossing the bridge with locomotives, and thus there was never a need for a more substantial structure.

The Bollman Bridge is a two-span through-truss, resting on granite abutments at each end and a granite pier in the middle of the river. The truss structure is a mixture of wrought and cast iron. The truss configuration is the design patented by Bollman as the “Bollman suspension truss” in 1852. Each span is 79.5 feet long, 25.5 feet wide and about 21 feet tall. The Bollman truss suspends the deck from a network of tension members, while the top chord resists compressive forces. The system is therefore referred to as a suspension truss.

The truss includes decorative elements, such as Doric styled vertical members. The cast iron end towers, which bear transfer the weight of the structure to the abutments and pier, are also detailed. A decorative and protective metal enclosure at the top of the towers was lost to vandalism, but was replaced during the restoration work. Metal strips at each portal read “W. BOLLMAN, PATENTEE”, “BALTIMORE, MD.”, “BUILT BY B&O R.R. CO.”, “1869” AND “RENEWED 1866”. Replicas of the original strips were installed during the restoration.

The bridge was brightly painted, using red oxide for the towers and the heavier compression members and an ivory color for the lighter tension members.


The first thing we did when we started the construction of our bridge was to replicate the decorative elements:  The Doric vertical members and the metal strips for the portals.

To make the metal strips, the front plates were drawn and then cut on a computerized plasma cutting table, then flat bar was attached around the plate to complete the front strip.

Once those two custom components of the bridge were made, we could move on to making each side of the bridge.

After we had two sides for the bridge we started to connect them.

The Finished G scale version is 11 feet – 4 inches long, 13″ tall and 14-1/2″ ID – 18″ OD.,  wide enough for double track.


The bridge will get powder coated and after it is installed it will be painted as the original, red with white accents.  It should be a nice bridge to look at.

A new animation Project

December 16, 2009

This is one of the first projects we worked on that involves animation.  I hope you like it.

The  Fire Engine only operates when a button is pressed next to the diorama

The Molly Butler Lodge Overhead

December 7, 2009

Hello Everyone,

We just finished a new Overhead Train System for the Molly butler Lodge.  The lodge is in Greer, Arizona about 3 hrs North East of Phoenix.

The train system will be about 400 feet of double and single track.  The Layout will feature an 11 ft. Hell’s gate bridge and a suspension bridge.  Also we’ll be making a replica of the Molly Butler lodge itself and one of Santa’s Work Shop.

Here are some pictures of this project.