4000 ft suspension bridge

leeferr

thanks for the memories
Here's something I've been playing around with. I just threw some textures on the mesh to get it into Trainz. Just wondering if there's any interest in something like this before I put a lot more time into it. It's a little over 4000 feet long.

suspensionbridge.JPG
 
looks pretty low poly

they way i see it

"if you ever make contant for trainz, put it on the DLS, im sure some one will find a use for it"
 
Nice work,:) i could definetly use that on one of my upcoming layouts as long as it has longer piers, those ones look a bit short but that might just be the hight you placed it.
 
neat! it would do really good for someone who's modeling the San Francisco area.
 
thanks for the comments
right now, the polys are high, about 12,000, but it's such a large object with a lot of stuff.
The piers are higher, I've just got it set low.
I'll keep on with it.
 
Thanks everyone, you've encouraged me to continue on with the project. It's such a long bridge that it's pretty poly heavy, but I've managed so far to get it down from about 27000 to about 12000. I'll work on it some more. I've got some work to do on the piers. I've got some detail that I can get rid of to reduce the poly count.
Any thoughts on how high I should make the piers? The deck is about 350 ft above the base of the piers at this point.
Won't get much done today though, too much football going on.
Happy New Year everyone.

I'm also thinking about adding a second deck, any thoughts. I know that the deck is too thin to meet proper engineering standards. I can make the decks so that either a road or rail can be placed on them, any thoughts would be appreciated.
Mike
 
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Thanks everyone, you've encouraged me to continue on with the project. It's such a long bridge that it's pretty poly heavy, but I've managed so far to get it down from about 27000 to about 12000. I'll work on it some more. I've got some work to do on the piers. I've got some detail that I can get rid of to reduce the poly count.
Any thoughts on how high I should make the piers? The deck is about 350 ft above the base of the piers at this point.
Won't get much done today though, too much football going on.
Happy New Year everyone.

I'm also thinking about adding a second deck, any thoughts. I know that the deck is too thin to meet proper engineering standards. I can make the decks so that either a road or rail can be placed on them, any thoughts would be appreciated.
Mike

Would love to use this bridge when i recieve my trs2004 from amazon, and yes it would be great if you did a 2 level version, but still have the one level aswell!!
 
what would be really cool is if the rail deck was lower than the road deck, so the the subway or, railway, or what ever has to use a tunnel to enter the bridge!
 
Hi leefer,

I'm very interested in this as I am in the middle of doing a 2500 foot truss bridge made up of 9 spans and pylons. can you tell me what the poly count of your bridge is, as I tried mine in surveyor @ 30000+ polys and got some pieces missing as well as weird effects. The poly count is down to 20000+ now but I havent tried it in trs again as I'm still pruning. Also do you know if there is a distance limit on drawing objects in trains?

*edit, sorry didnt see the post about polys
cheers
pete
 
what would be really cool is if the rail deck was lower than the road deck, so the the subway or, railway, or what ever has to use a tunnel to enter the bridge!

My problem is how I want to approach the design of the terminations at each end on the two decks. I'm giving that some thought. I think I'll probably finish the work on the single deck bridge and then work on the double deck.
Again, thanks for all of the encouragement.

Now I guess I'll get back to the drawing board (or screen as it is in the virtual world)
 
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The SF Bay Bridge has two decks but both are for autos. I've seen pics though of back in earlier days when the autos used the upper deck and the trolleys from Oakland to SF used the lower deck.

Bridge looks good leeferr.

AJ
 
I've made a little progress tonight. I'll try to get some more done tomorrow, here's a shot.

suspensionbridge2.JPG


Just a note, it's about 4300 ft long and the towers are about 500 ft above the deck. I'll probably have to put some obstruction lights on top.
 
Actually, a second version with two decks would be a pretty good idea. I've seen other suspension bridges where cars use the upper deck and trains use the lower.
Why do trains use the lower? We're better than carz!:D
It looks pretty good so far.

:cool: Claude
 
looks good leefer,:) but make sure it can be used by cars too becase suspension bridges are rarely used on railroads.
 
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