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Atlas Code 80 Bridges
« on: March 09, 2013, 09:37:00 PM »
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Has anyone actually used any of these on their layouts.  What did you do to them to improve upon them, photos welcome.
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Re: Atlas Code 80 Bridges
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2013, 01:10:00 AM »
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Nope. Never used 'em.  Probably never will.

On a positive note, the Atlas c55 girder bridges are really great little models and I've used them a couple of times in kitbashes that have worked out great!

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Re: Atlas Code 80 Bridges
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2013, 01:39:50 AM »
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The only one I ever used was one of the through girder bridges from the 70s.  It had no floor structure, just ties with plastic between them to make a solid floor.  I took the rails out, added some plastic strips to simulate stringers and crossbeams, leaving the old ties/floor in place, and then laid new ties over them.  At almost eye level one can't see the underside, or what's under the track, so it works fine for my MILW branch.  Cheap, too, since it was just laying around, which is even better.
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Re: Atlas Code 80 Bridges
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2013, 09:15:55 AM »
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IMO, the only worthwhile Atlas Code 80 bridge is the through plate girder, and I only use that when I need girders for kit-bashing. None of these bridges are even remotely realistic; the through truss is the one of the worst commercial N scale bridges in existence.
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Re: Atlas Code 80 Bridges
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2013, 11:35:06 AM »
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Haven't used one as a complete bridge in a long time, but they do provide some good fodder for kitbashing.  The middle section is a mash up of two of their deck trusses.



Here's a girder plate side deployed to carry the Cumberland station tracks over another bit of main line.

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Re: Atlas Code 80 Bridges
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2013, 12:40:20 PM »
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I kind of wondered if kitbashing would be their best use.  I found a box with a bunch of old sectional track a various other junk and I had two of them in there.  I don't think the box has been opened since the late 1980's.  I am not even sure when, why or how I got them as I have never had a layout with rail bridge.
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Re: Atlas Code 80 Bridges
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2013, 01:33:18 PM »
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I have three of the warren truss bridges. one is quite old and from my original dog bone of track when i was three.
The other two are newer and are bonded together by .100 x .100 styrene reinforcements (on the bottom) to make a one piece bridge.
The look quite nice, though they could serve from the removal of the c80 track and be replaced with c55 ME bridge flex.

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