Custom and standard bridges for G scale, O scale, and garden railways
_________________________________________________________________________________ Gnome Miniature Engineering is located in Ontario, Canada, in a place that we acknowledge to be the traditional land of the Six Nations of the Grand River.
GME MODEL RAILWAY BRIDGESare multi-scale working structures for small railways rather than scale models. They are hand built from laser cut, brake formed parts, assembled by traditional solid riveting.
Standard bridges are built from corrosion resistant materials for year round operation on garden railways. They are ready to use, painted or unpainted, except for the installation of the track. They have been used with track from 16.5mm gauge for 0n30 to 63.5mm for Gauge 3.
GARDEN RAILWAY BRIDGES: plate girders and underslung trusses for G and larger scales.
O and S SCALE BRIDGES: plate girders, through and underslung trusses, bascule bridges.
EDUCATIONAL MODEL TRUSSES: The truss bridges are available as educational models to demonstrate the principles and properties of trusses.
The model number (TR32 etc) indicates the type and length of the bridge deck in inches. For more information, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
We are saddened to record the death of Frank Grantham, a mechanical designer par excellence, who was one of the original partners in GME. He was responsible for the detail design of the basic structures of a series of bridges that continue to be shipped around the world, from Canada to Tasmania. Frank had served a craft apprenticeship in the UK, and we knew each other first as colleagues at a Canadian company building naval aircraft handling equipment. Following his retirement he helped set up Gnome Miniature Engineering, combining professions and hobbies. Always a fine designer, a meticulous model maker, a good friend and a most congenial colleague, he will be missed.
Inchinnan bascule bridge (Sir William Arrol & Co. 1923)
Inchinnan photos by courtesy of Tom Carreyette
Bascule bridge for S and 0 gauge designed by Frank Grantham
0 gauge and S gauge bascule bridge
PL47NT ready to ship
TR42 with assistant gnome
Occasional bagpipe repairs undertaken
Who are we?
A small group of people with diverse engineering backgrounds, based near the old industrial town of Galt, now part of Cambridge, Ontario, in Canada. A grandfather and great grandfather of one of the team were blacksmiths in the Clyde shipyards in Scotland, so our riveted structures have a little history built into them.
A unique bridge designed and built for a client in Turkey to display a 1:8 scale live steam model of a London & South Western Railway O2 locomotive. It is built in steel with over 4,000 rivets, steel bullhead rail in chairs laid on red cedar deck timbers. (Photo by owner)
Station structure for an 0 gauge elevated railway - special commission
0 scale BA24 bascule bridge with TR24 truss and PL12 plate girders
Two PL24 plate girder bridges for G scale
TR24 through truss for 0n30 scale
A favourite bridge - Connel Ferry, Argyll
Content copyright Foster Associates 2008-2020, except where noted.
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