Everything on a trestle just looks a little bit better than it would otherwise.
Trestles can be use as transitions to and from mountains…
… or you can transition from a ground level elevation across a descending grade and maintain level track.
So far I’ve never had an opportunity to build a straight level trestle. Seems they are always on curves and going across unleveled ground.
I construct my trestles in sections, with trackwork (instead of just running the track across the tops of the trestles) to hold the store bought track. I find trackwork looks better to me and I make it so the off the shelf track’s (Aristo) plastic ties lock in place between the wooden ties of the trackwork.
Primarily because I only work on my layout sporadically with months sometimes between working on a project and the next time get back to working on it, it became necessary to document what I was doing so I could go back and look and refresh myself with what exactly it was that I was doing.
Since I have a background in documentation I wound up with a master document on how I was constructing my trestles. From the necessary tools, to creating jigs, cutting lumber and assembling sub-assemblies, I wrote it all down.
The finished document is nearly 40 pages and has 34 pictures showing how to cut, glue, nail, preserve, stain, assemble and build trestles.
If you’d like a copy of this PDF document you can request download instructions by clicking on the Request PDF link at the top of each page on my site here. The file is approximately 22 megabytes in size and you can open it in your browser (after I send you the link) and then save it to your local computer.
Let me know what you think about it! –TJ
(Originally posted 10/28/2011, revised 8/09/2013)