Crossings - How Do You Handle 'Em

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Herc Driver, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    How do you build up the track crossings on your layout? All the roads on mine are asphalt, and I've used several products from black sandpaper to adhesive-backed roadways. Fact is, almost most anything looks fine as a roadway - until you get to the tracks. Espicially on curves, how do you model a good looking crossing that looks high enough for vehicles to pass over, but not high enough to interfere with the trains as they go over in Nscale?
  2. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Have you tried the Blair Line grade crossings? I don't personally use them but I am going to get them for my N scale layout I am starting. For my HO, I use spakeling past and simply biuld it up right to the rail and in between the track and then come back after it has dried and score out the rail car paths.
  3. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    I've got a ton of various types of "drywall muds" like that and and might try one tonight...could do worse than what I have now.
  4. umtrr-author

    umtrr-author Member

    I've used thin plastic, wood strips and ScaleCrete, the latter of which I will never use again. I've never really been happy with any of the results I've gotten but so far "it'll have to do."
  5. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    In my home town the grade crossings, even on older roads, have been fully reworked with concrete 'inserts' framed in angle iron. There is a piece between the rails and one on each side for the approach. Every crossing is smooth and requires minimal maintainence. Probably just a simple cleaning out occationally. I don't know how I'd model that, but maybe something similar is the way to go on a model, rather than using "road material". Perhaps gray styrene. I don't know if that fits your era, or if it's any easier, but seems like it could be both :)
  6. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Thanks for the ideas guys...I'm going to build up some areas using vinyl joint compound, adding a drainage pipe beneath the roadway in an area that spans two sets of tracks and see how it works. Hopefully it won't take too long to dry. If it's easy (for me) to work with, I'll use it on the grades.
  7. Meiriongwril

    Meiriongwril Member

    There's an article in N SCale Railroading #17 on crossings: suggestion includes using balsa wood, and cork.
  8. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Thanks! I'll have to check out that issue. I'm still employing the method of "do it first, then find out how to do it later"...probably would be easier to learn the right way right off bat before jumping in with both feet.
  9. n2trains

    n2trains Member

    I have mostly seen balsa wood used in straight sections. Though my experience with curved sections, I'm sure that thin balsa wood bent to fit and glued together would work just fine, using clamps/support to glue them in place is a necessity, however. Not sure if that'll help but I hope it will, enjoy.

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