making track grades

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by alexander, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. alexander

    alexander Member

    Thats my track plan, but i've come to a bit of a prolem (i havent started yet either)

    Basically, i want a figure 8, but the crossing is a bridge, not a flat crossing

    what should i use to make the track rise thats cheap and easy to do if you dont have that many power tools? also, my Hobby Shop isnt the best stocked place in the world too

  2. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Hi Alex,
    Check out Woodland Scenics' foam pier set. It seems to be pretty easy to set up and you don't have to fuzz with figuring out how much goes where. If your local hobby shop doesn't have it, check out the online vendors.

    There's a good thread that shows how this is used. Check out the "Don't Laugh Too Hard" thread.

    Good luck!!!:thumb:
  3. alexander

    alexander Member

    foam peir set? does that mean you can make them yourself out of foam?
  4. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Alex: Go to and you will see some Woodland Scenics grade sections. They are ready made sections that can be curved to whatever radius you need. If you can get the pink or blue insulation foam in Australia, that is another option. Also there is the old wood block and plywood sub roadbed route.
  5. alexander

    alexander Member

    yeah, i'll prolly use foam like my club does

    thanks for your help Jim and Steamhead
  6. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Although you can easily cut foam for the flat level risers, do yourself a favor and use the WS inclines for your grades. You'll be glad you did. I sure was.
  7. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    That sounds like a pretty possitive endorsement for WS foam grades. I'm convinced! Need to get a few when it comes time for my track laying.
  8. alexander

    alexander Member

    ok, i'll see how well i can do it myself, if it fails, i'll give the WS risers a go
  9. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Cutting foam at a 1%-4% grade isn't that tough, especially if you are using the pink or blue stuff. It is a bit harder if all you can find is th ewhite beated stuff, although using a hot wire knife helps. The problem cutting your own is the very start of the incline where the thickess is less than about a 1/4". At 2%, you have to transition from nothing to 1/4" over 12.5". That's some pretty carefull cutting! If I had it to do over again, I might try stoping the incline at between 1/2"-1/4" in height and then using a piece of thin cardboard or stryene to transition down to nothing.

    Post some pics of how you do.
  10. alexander

    alexander Member

    yeah, it will be a few months untill i start this next layout, just doing some research, and getting some funds
  11. Doc, Some time ago while building some grades on my layout I needed to go from about 5/16 down to zero - I used construction shim shingles that we used to shim store fronts in place prior to anchoring them, when I was working ( retired now ). Usually about 12" long, 4" to 6" wide, 5/16 at one end to 1/32 thin at the other. Feathered with sandpaper to zero and Wha-Lah ! Worked perfect ! Joe

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