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HO Scale Kits and Jigs


Accessories
Stringer Stock
Double Track Trestle Jig
Six Leg Trestle Kits
Trestle Kits
Arch Bridge Kit
Deck Bridge Kits
Truss Bridge Kits
HO Scale Strip Wood - 12 inch long in packages
HO Scale Strip Wood - 24 inch long in packages
HO Scale Strip Wood - Bulk. In bundles of 100 or more
HO Scale Sheet Wood
HO Scale Railroad Ties

Black Bear Construction Co. Kits

All Black Bear kits come with a laser cut acrylic construction jig that is designed to last a lifetime.   Complete drawings and instructions are included with the jig.   The construction materials are packaged separately so you can build as many bridges as you want without having to purchase another construction jig.  Just in case you live next to a lumber mill, you can purchase the construction jig (including drawings and instructions) by itself.

Choosing a Timber Bridge

The trestle bridge was always the preferred bridge because it is the cheapest and easiest to build.

The Howe Truss Bridge revolutionized timber bridge construction. It's structural integrity makes efficient use of wood's ability to withstand compressive stress. It is characterized by heavy members that lean inward. These inward leaning members and top chord carry compression. The vertical members (typically iron rods) and bottom chord carry tension. The outward leaning members aren't actually needed in static situations. However, the dynamic loading applied by a moving train makes them necessary. Just about every timber bridge built after the Civil War is a Howe Truss Bridge.

The deck bridge is the best choice if flooding or height makes a trestle impractical. A deck bridge puts all the structure under the rails where it won't get hit by a train.

If the clearance is insufficient (flowing water or track crossing underneath) a truss bridge is required. A pony truss has short side panels and can span up to 80 feet. A through-truss bridge (like Midwest Products' Fox River Bridge, below) can span up to 150 feet.

The Black Bear Arch Bridge is a "back woods" design that might have been common in the 1800's.

HO Scale Price List
ACCESSORIES
The items can help you build your trestle and add detail to the finished product.
ST-0102 HO Scale Stringer Stock - One 24" piece - Unfinished

$5.00
ST-0202 HO Scale Stringer Stock - Two (2) 24" pieces - Unfinished

$9.00
ST-0402 Bulk (5 or more) - HO Stringer Stock -24 in
Qty
$4.00
TJN-N N & HO Scale NBW Pack : 15 Sprues, 35/Sprue, GL-5066 NBW Add To cart link
MA-182 Mt. Albert HO Scale Bridge Ties : 8" x 8" x 10' Bridge Ties

$21.85
500 to a bag.
Includes 16 ea. 16' long refuge ties.
ST-0302 HO Abutment - 3 pair

$6.75
Laser cut.
Ready to use with any HO Trestle Jig.
More HO Scale Ties from Mt. Albert Scale Lumber
DR-29 #29 Drill Bit : Pilot Drill for 8-32 Tap

$2.00
Used to rework jig to accept Leg Cutting Guide
How to Use the Leg Cutting Guide.
TAP-832 8-32 Tap : Taps hole in Jig for Leg Cutting Guide Upgrade

$3.95
Used to rework jig to accept Leg Cutting Guide
How to Use the Leg Cutting Guide.
HO TRESTLE KITS and JIGS
There are a lot of different trestle kits.
You may want to use the TRESTLE SELECTION GUIDE to help you sort it out.
SIX LEG TRESTLE KITS
NEW - A family of Six Leg Trestle Kits that represent the many different modern designs that are in use today.

The unique Atcheson, Topeka, and Santa Fe trestles have evenly spaced horizontal bracing between the bents and no diagonal bracing. They might have round legs or square legs; pile or frame bents; open or ballasted decks. Black Bear kits can meet all these demands.

Pennsy, WP, UP, SP and many others use similar six leg designs that can be modeled with Black Bear's Standard Six Leg Kits.

All these six leg kits use the same Black Bear assembly jig and include the acrylic leg cutting guide.
SANTA FE TRESTLE KITS
Part No. Description Price Photos, Drawings and other reference material
TJK-6SFRB-HO HO Scale, 6 Round Leg AT&SF Trestle Kit
Ballasted Deck w/ Leg Guide
View all Six Leg Trestle Kits

$62.63

How to Use the Leg Cutting Guide. (PDF format)
TJK-6SFSB-HO HO Scale, 6 Square Leg AT&SF Trestle Kit
Ballasted Deck w/ Leg Guide
View all Six Leg Trestle Kits

$61.21
TJK-6SFRO-HO HO Scale, 6 Round Leg AT&SF Trestle Kit,
Open Deck w/ Leg Guide
View all Six Leg Trestle Kits

$58.48
TJK-6SFSO-HO HO Scale, 6 Square Leg AT&SF Trestle Kit
Open Deck w/ Leg Guide
View all Six Leg Trestle Kits

$57.06
STANDARD SIX LEG TRESTLE KITS
TJK-6LRO-HO HO Scale, Standard 6 Round Leg Trestle Kit Open Deck w/ Leg Guide
View all Six Leg Trestle Kits

$60.29

How to Use the Leg Cutting Guide.(PDF Format)
TJK-6LSO-HO HO Scale, Standard 6 Square Leg Trestle Kit
Open Deck w/ Leg Guide
View all Six Leg Trestle Kits

$60.58
SIX LEG TRESTLE JIG
TJ-6LHO HO Scale 6 Leg Trestle Jig w/ Leg Guide - Only - Includes Drawings and Instructions

$37.07
Works with all Six Leg Kits
SIX LEG TRESTLE MATERIALS PACKS
TJM-6SFRB-HO HO 6 Round Leg, AT&SF, Ballasted Deck
Trestle Materials Pack
- Only

$25.56
TJM-6SFSB-HO HO 6 Square Leg, AT&SF, Ballasted Deck
Trestle Materials Pack
- Only

$24.14
TJM-6SFRO-HO HO 6 Round Leg, AT&SF, Open Deck
Trestle Materials Pack
- Only

$21.41
TJM-6SFSO-HO HO 6 Square Leg, AT&SF, Open Deck
Trestle Materials Pack
- Only

$19.99
TJM-6LRO-HO HO 6 Round Leg, Standard, Open Deck
Trestle Materials Pack
- Only

$23.22
TJM-6LSO-HO HO 6 Square Leg, Standard, Open Deck
Trestle Materials Pack
- Only

$23.51
FIVE LEG TRESTLE KITS
TJK-5LHO HO Scale, 5 Leg Trestle Kit

$47.23
TJ-5LHO HO Scale 5 Leg Trestle Jig - Only - Includes Drawings and Instructions

$27.57
TJM-5LHO HO/HOn3 Scale 5 Leg Trestle Materials Pack - Only

$19.65
TJK-5LGHO HO Scale, 5 Leg Trestle Kit w/ Leg Cutting Guide
Builds Standard Gauge trestle bents.
Comes with Leg Cutting Guide.

$50.77

How to Use the Leg Cutting Guide.(PDF Format)
TJ-5LGHO HO Scale 5 Leg Trestle Jig w/ Leg Guide - Only - Includes Drawings and Instructions and Leg Cutting Guide

$31.12
TJM-5LHO HO/HOn3 Scale 5 Leg Trestle Materials Pack - Only

$19.65
TJK-5LHON HO/HOn3 Scale, 5 Leg Trestle Kit
Builds both Narrow Gauge (HOn3) and Standard Gauge

$47.23
 OR 
TJ-5LHON HO/HOn3 Scale 5 Leg Trestle Jig - Only - Includes Drawings and Instructions

$27.57
TJM-5LHO HO/HOn3 Scale 5 Leg Trestle Materials Pack - Only

$19.65
TJK-5LGHON HO/HOn3 Scale, 5 Leg Trestle Kit
w/ Leg Cutting Guide

Builds both Narrow Gauge (HOn3) and Standard Gauge.
Comes with Leg Cutting Guide.

$50.77
 OR 
How to Use the Leg Cutting Guide. (PDF Format)
TJ-5LGHON HO/HOn3 Scale 5 Leg Trestle Jig w/ Leg Guide - Only - Includes Drawings and Instructions and Leg Cutting Guide

$31.12
TJM-5LHO HO/HOn3 Scale 5 Leg Trestle Materials Pack - Only

$19.65
DOUBLE TRACK TRESTLE JIG
TJ-D5LHO
HO Scale, Double Track Trestle Jig
Requires 2 Material Packs: TJM-5LHO

$44.94
FOUR LEG TRESTLE KITS
TJK-4RHO HOn3 Scale, RGS Trestle Kit
Based on the Gallagher Creek, CO, trestle.

$59.25
TJ-4RHO HOn3 Scale, RGS Trestle Jig - Only - Includes Drawings and Instructions

$36.10
TJM-4RHO HO Scale RGS Trestle Materials Pack - Only

$23.15
TJK-4RHOA HOn3 Scale, Alternate RGS Trestle Kit
Based on David Bigge's typical RGS bent, the Gazette, Jan/Feb, 1987, p.22.

$59.25
TJ-4RHOA HOn3 Scale, Alternate RGS Trestle Jig - Only - Includes Drawings and Instructions

$36.10
TJM-4RHO TJM-4RHO, HO Scale RGS Trestle Mat'l Pack - Only

$23.15
TJK-4DNHO HOn3 Scale, D&RGW Trestle Kit
Narrow Gauge trestle kit.

$47.95
TJ-4DNHO HOn3 Scale, D&RGW Trestle Jig - Only - Includes Drawings and Instructions

$27.37
TJM-4DHO HO/HOn3 Scale, D&RGW Trestle Jig Materials Pack - Only

$20.58
TJK-4DSHO HO Scale, D&RGW Trestle Kit
Standard Gauge trestle kit.

$47.95
TJ-4DSHO HO Scale, D&RGW Trestle Jig - Only - Includes Drawings and Instructions

$27.37
TJM-4DHO HO/HOn3 Scale, D&RGW Trestle Materials Pack - Only

$20.58
TJK-4AHO HO Scale, Alamogordo & Sacramento Mtns. Trestle Kit
Standard Gauge trestle kit.

$61.17
TJ-4AHO HO Scale, ASM Trestle Jig - Only - Includes Drawings and Instructions

$36.19
TJM-4AHO HO Scale ASM Trestle Materials Pack - Only

$24.98
BRIDGE KITS and JIGS
ARCH BRIDGE KIT and JIG
This "back woods" design is appropriate for logging operations or during the mid-1800's.
ABK-HO
HO/HOn3 Scale, Arch Bridge Kit
Standard Gauge or Narrow Gauge. Includes piers to support the bridge.

$42.71
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AB-HO
HO/HOn3 Arch Bridge Jig - Only

$31.94
ABM-HO HO/HOn3 Arch Bridge Materials Pack - Only

$10.77
DECK BRIDGE KITS and JIGS
This kit makes a great looking bridge.
DBK-HO
HO/HOn3 Deck Bridge Kit
Extend the bridge out the end of the jig to make it longer.

$56.46
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DB-HO
HO/HOn3 Scale Deck Bridge Jig - Only

$43.57
DBM-HO HO/HOn3 Scale Deck Bridge Materials Pack - Only

$12.89
TRUSS BRIDGE KITS and JIGS
There is a lot a variety available in the way of truss bridge kits.
TBK-HO
HO/HOn3 Scale, Truss Bridge Kit
Standard or Narrow Gauge. Includes piers for end supports. Can be built in any one of three different designs.

$43.83
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TB-HO
HO/HOn3 Scale Truss Bridge Jig - Only - Includes all the instructions and drawings you need.

$31.94
TBM-HO HO/HOn3 Scale Truss Bridge Materials Pack - Only - Enough materials to build any one of the three designs.

$11.89

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