It is gold in them thar hills!

This weekend it was time for another out of town experince. Some friends have a cabin in the mountains very close to the mainline between Oslo and Trondheim.

A bonus in addition to the great food, wine, company and general scenery is that that the area is very interesting from a modellers point of view. It might in fact be one of the most spectacular stretches on the Norwegian railway network. A lot of classic images like this have been taken in this mountain pass:

Dovregubben

The locations around the actual railroad are very familier to me, but I have never drifted very far from the railroad tracks.

So I was totally taken by suprise when we came by this old roadbridge when we went for a little hike today:

Bridge over troubled water
Sort of looks like a Colorado narrow gauge railroad bridge!

Stonework
You can´t carve this, individual stones is the only route to go, me thinks.

Concrete abutement
The other abutement is cast concrete for variety, the builders knew how to please a modeller!

Bridge
Nice bridge, but would we like it even better with a set of rusty, narrow gauge tracks? Oh, yes we would.

bridge
It´s time to check the drawers for Grandt Line NBWs!

This bridge of course cries out to be modelled. Fortunately, the local Model Railroad club has a large scene that is based on this area. Maybe I will pass this one on to a fellow clubmember, but then maybe I will not…

2 thoughts on “It is gold in them thar hills!

  1. That bridge really does need to be modeled .. as you said .. one abutment individual laid stones and the other cast in concrete. That is sweet! You have to wonder if the concrete abutment replaced a matching stone version rather then repair it.

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