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Models built for the 'Building Bridges' Secretary's Challenge

The Challenge:

This challenge is one I've borrowed from the Christchurch Meccano Club in New Zealand.  It is to build a bridge to have a clear span of 24½ inches (I think theirs was 24" but I've added the extra half inch to stop you plonking a 24½" angle girder down and calling it a bridge!)  Two tables will be arranged exactly 24½" apart in the meeting room to display all the entries.  Your bridge can be of any shape and can be based on a prototype or your own design.


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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeBailey Bridge and Tank

Built by Douglas Windibank

Designed to be as near to the real bridge as possible with the Meccano parts I have. I did research for this model at the Royal Engineers Museum at Brompton Barracks, Chatham.
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeBeam Bridge

Built by Mike Allen

From a no. 10 set.
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeBox Bridge

Built by George Foard

 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeFink Truss Railway Bridge

Built by Stuart Jones

The Fink truss used below the deck on a bridge for the Northwestern Virginia Railroad over the west fork of the Monongahela River, west of Clarksburg, West Virginia, c. 1875.
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeFootbridge

Built by Chris Fry

Made from flanged plates and strips.
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeForth Railway Bridge

Built by Ralph Laughton

Sue and I got a bit carried away with this Secretary's Challenge! This bridge was built from a partial plan published in the front of Geoff Wright's book The Meccano Super Models . The original was designed to be built from MME parts. Our model is an...
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeGirder Bridge

Built by David Smithers

 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeGirder Bridge

Built by Andrew Couzens

This 24½" span bridge is made up from perforated strips, angle girders, flexible plates and flanged plates.
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeLattice Railway Footbridge

Built by Cathy Claydon

The span is just over 24½".
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengePooh Sticks Bridge

Built by Brian Leach

Pooh sticks bridge (originally known as Posingford bridge) was built in 1907. After making the model I was surprised to find another photo of a different design. Instead of two posts in-between each span there was only one. It turns out the bridge has ...
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeRailway Bridge

Built by Brian Elvidge

A basic girder-type single rail crossing with walkways, this bridge spans 24½" between two piers built from plates and strips.
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeRailway Viaduct for 'O' Guage Locomotives

Built by Chris Fry

A 30½" span made from narrow strips and angle girders.
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeRoad Bridge

Built by John Gay

This bridge can be seen over the A12 at Colchester, Essex.  The span is over 24½".
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeSuspension Bridge

Built by Ivor Ellard

 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeThe Mathematical Bridge

Built by Chris Warrell

This model was built for the Secretary's Challenge to build a bridge with a span of 24½". Using my newly acquired blue/gold no. 9 set (more correctly, newly built up, since it's taken a while to get the full contents) this model is based on a b...

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