Questions on roadbed and rail yards

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Nick8564, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. Nick8564

    Nick8564 Member

    I was wondering if many people use road bed through out the rail yard too. I have read were some people just sit the rails on the table for yards and sidings, and road bed under the mainland. If thats the best way to go, whats the best way to transistion from the road bed to table top without having a steep drop. I know its not but a fraction of an inch drop, but to sharp and the diesels fuel tank bottom out. Thanks
  2. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    I use cork under all track just use sheets of it on yards.
  3. Pete

    Pete Member

    A cedar shingle can be used for the transition, but may be to abrupt for many of the newer, longer engines - anything longer than an EMD 60-series may bottom out at the crest.
  4. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    I use cork throughout my layout. When I first started laying sidings and the yard I tried withoiut the cork. It didn't work very goodsign1 sign1
  5. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    I use road bed under main lines and feeder tracks into the yard. I use nothing under yard. I also use nothing under most sidings. One reason for this is to make sure no cars accidentally roll onto main causing disasters. This does cause a slight grade but in the yard it sort of adds to realism as yards are not the best track in most cases. If you go to photo contest and look at my entry you will see lower siding here is a pic where you can see track going down to yard. As you can see it is hardly noticeable
  6. santafewillie

    santafewillie Member

    Cedar shingles work for me.
  7. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    I use cork roadbed under my mainlines and passing sidings, but lay spurs and yard tracks directly on the wood sub-roadbed. To make the transition, after the glue holding the cork down is completely dry, I use very coarse #36 sandpaper, wrapped around a block of wood, to feather the cork down to nothing. I usually try to spread the slope over a foot or so, but if space is limited, you can make it shorter. I also have a couple that are longer. With the coarse sandpaper, this takes only a couple of minutes.


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