Posts Tagged ‘G Scale bridges’

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





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.

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.

Eaglewings Line of Bridges – How it all began

June 3, 2008




Bridges were the first product that Dan created when he began this hobby and joined a garden railroading club. He visited a few layouts and attended meetings to get ideas for his layout which is now the Wild Eagle Railroad. After seeing several layouts and reading tons of garden railroad magazines, he noticed that there weren’t any steel bridges, and since bridges are made out of steel, and he had a welding shop, it didn’t take long for him to start designing G scale bridges.

 At this point, they weren’t created for any business purpose; it was mainly to trade with other people in the club to get some help with things he didn’t know about. He started taking them to club meetings, and he designed them to see peoples’ reactions and hear their opinions. He got some good feedback, and was surprised when people asked to buy them right then and there. Dan didn’t even have an idea of what to charge for them at that point!


Hello world – We are Eaglewings Iron Craft

March 19, 2008

Dan Hoag is the owner and founder of Eaglewings Iron Craft, established in 1983.

Dan’s love for trains began when he was a child growing up in a railroad town – Montpelier, OH.  This love of trains was rekindled when he obtained an old HO train set he and his brother had as kids. He quickly took over the garage of his house with a large HO layout, complete with mountains and bridges.  It was a fun, but rather impractical hobby for a man in a very small house, so he began to explore the possibility of switching passions to a larger scale model train set.In 1995, for Christmas, he bought a G-scale train to put around the Christmas tree – and he was hooked! In 1996, he joined a local train club, went to a few train shows, and added a little more to his train collection; in 1997, he built the first branch of the Wild Eagle Railroad in his backyard.

 Because he was already creatively minded in his welding business, designing everything from weight equipment to security screen doors, it was a very natural leap to begin creating accessories for his new outdoor layout.  He started by creating metal bridges for his own layout, and sold a few to some train club friends. He discovered that there was no other company that designed and fabricated steel bridges for O and G scale trains, so he immediately began sketching and creating bridge designs to sell to railroad hobbyists.  These bridges were unlike any other commercial product available at that time – they were sturdy, authentic looking, weather resistant, and were all custom-built to fit the layout owners’ specifications.

He also designed and created ceiling/wall mounted overhead train systems made entirely of steel, as well as portable layouts for train clubs. These were all very well received by the garden railroad community, and he then began marketing them, along with the train bridges, to sell at conventions, and advertising them in magazines. (more…)