Enlarged and in charge, this train bridge is finally done!
About this creation
Here is my latest redesign of the St. Louis bridge, commonly known as the Eads bridge because of it's designer, James B. Eads. It uses Indiana Jones roller-coaster ramps for the arches, which looks pretty cool.
The bridge is nine tracks total in length and 17 bricks high from base to track. (This means about fourteen bricks of clearance between arch top and floor, so some small ships could pass through!)
Here is the modular component, of which three of these big sections together via eight Technic pins (four per section) to make the whole bridge. My sig-fig is there at the bottom for a sense of scale... if this were the real bridge, he would be over his head in at least 20 feet of Mississippi River water!
Here we see the modular connections for transporting the bridge to shows and such. It also makes it a LOT easier to carry as the whole bridge with the three sections weighs about 10 pounds total.
(Yes, I know the top deck should be for cars and the trains should run through the arches, but I could not figure out how to do that, and it would be extremely expensive as well. So my design isn't 100% accurate, but it works!)
"The Eads Bridge is a combined road and railway bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis, connecting St. Louis and East St. Louis, Illinois.
The bridge is named for its designer and builder, James B. Eads. When completed in 1874, the Eads Bridge was the longest arch bridge in the world, with an overall length of 6,442 feet (1,964 m). The ribbed steel arch spans were considered daring, as was the use of steel as a primary structural material: it was the first such use of true steel in a major bridge project.
The Eads Bridge, which became an iconic image of the city of St. Louis, from the time of its erection until 1965 when the Gateway Arch was constructed, is still in use. The bridge crosses the St. Louis riverfront between Laclede's Landing, to the north, and the grounds of the Gateway Arch, to the south. Today the road deck has been restored, allowing vehicular and pedestrian traffic to cross the river. The St. Louis MetroLink light rail line has used the rail deck since 1993."