Help With Roadbed Brand

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by planeshavings42, Jul 4, 2002.

  1. Any suggestions on what roadbed to use, I've heard of some cork brand that doesn't bend well, any suggestions as to what brand had been tried and true would be helpful. I've also heard of instant roadbed on a roll by AMI, has anyone used it??? Thanx in advance :cool: :cool: AT&SF Duey
  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    planeshavings I don't use roadbed for the NM mainline or yard and industry tracks. However for the class 1 R.R.'s that come out of staging into my "part" of the world I used AMI Instant Roadbed. I find it excellent in every regard except one. It's a little pricey but IMHO worth it. VERY easy to work with and self adhesive to boot!
  3. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hi Dewey, If you decided on the cork roadbed, although its been years since I used any, you'll find that its a whole lot cheaper to buy it by the box (24pcs.)...A lot of the mail order places have deals on it.

    You certainly want the kind that is split down the middle and is real flexible after you "peel" it apart. There's probably about umpteen different brands....but stay away from Model Power...that stuff is so stiff you could use it for a baseball bat:D

    Also see what kind of a deal your hobby shop will make you on buying it by the box.
  4. alkcnw

    alkcnw Member

    Hey Duey, I used cork roadbed for a lot of years but I just tried some of the Woodland Scenics foam roadbed and its kind of nice. I don't know how well it will age but we will have to see!!:eek:
  5. billk

    billk Active Member

    Didn't know there were brands of cork roadbed. Duh!
  6. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member


    Just like a lot of things that turn up in "unmarked brown paper packets":eek: :eek: , the cork roadbed I get is also in unmarked boxes. Have no idea who makes it.
  7. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hi BillK, A few that come to mind are Midwest Products, Star Industries, Atlas (don't know if that's still around), US Gasket and etc.

    I had to visit a company once on business that made cork gaskets for heavy equiptment . The GM was giving me a tour of the plant and I noticed one machine operator was cutting scraps into strips. I asked what that was for....his reply..."Oh we cut that into strips and its sold to guys who play with electric trains...."

    "Yer never know....":D :D ..."whatcha gonna find...":D :D :D
  8. Thanx Boys

    Again, thank you all for the responses, I think I'll try the AMI instant roadbed that Tyson recomended. I'm in love with easy, ane though I can't afford it, I'll spend a little bit more, long as the wife's not with me. Ha. AT&SF Duey :D :D

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