Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Building the Green Max foot bridge
As April ended and May began, we had a bit of a heat wave in the Bay Area with the temperatures reaching about 90 degrees F for a couple of days. When I built the train room in the garage last year I was quite concerned about keeping the temperatures as cool as possible without the use of an air conditioner. I had added attic ventilation to the garage and of course insulated the walls and ceiling. During the cooler months, it was hard to get the room warmed up with a small electric heater so I added a damper to control the ventilation and that helped some. I am generally OK if the temperature is between 60 and 80 degrees. With the recent hot weather, the train room got it's first real test of keeping cool and I am happy with the results.
Bridges like this were at one time quite common in Japan and I have clear memories of using them on my first couple of trips. As things have become more modernized with escalators and elevators becoming standard, this older type of bridge is disappearing.
The roof sections will be painted separately then attached to the structure later.