Road Markings & Grade Crossings

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by grumbeast, Jan 17, 2003.

  1. grumbeast

    grumbeast Member

    Hi everyone,

    I just successfully poured a road on my layout using
    durabond 90 (which seems to make a nice flat surface)
    I'm happy with the results, but need put some road markings

    I was going to use very thin strip styrene, but before I do
    does anyone have any other suggestions.


    I have to make some Grade crossings, have anyone just
    used something like plaster / durabond and then cleaned
    out the flangeways?. I'm alittle nervous about doing
    it as I don't want to screw up reliability, but it does seem
    that it would look really good .. oh b.t.w. this is in N scale

  2. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    Yep, did the "goo" (I used woodlands scenics road system, same process) thing on the outside and inside of the rails, then used a pair of old trucks to move back and forth and clear out the flangeways. Worked very well.

    As for the road markings, I think tape would work better than styrene. My LHS has really thin tape that works great, might wanna check yours too (this was a general hobby store, btw, a lot of R/C car stuff, the tape is actually used for masking).
  3. grumbeast

    grumbeast Member


    I have an old truck I can use so I'll give it a go this weekend.

    I never thought of using thing masking take, I'll pop over to
    the LHS next week! t

  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    when you select the truck, compare it to all your other wheels. try for both the deepest flanges and the narrowest gauge you can find. (I know they're all supposed to be the same!) You want the bit of roadway in the middle to accommodate everything you'll run through it.
  5. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    I paint the roads black - then use Auto Pinstriping for the white & Yellow lines.
  6. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Chart can get it at places that sell drafting supplies...come in all colors and I've seen it as thin as 1/32"
  7. TR-Flyer

    TR-Flyer Member

    Unless you want to paint your stripes so they'll be "authentic", in which case i can't wait to see your mini asphalt machine! Chartape is the way to go. You can get it in white, yellow, black, blue, etc. It's flexible too.

  8. grumbeast

    grumbeast Member

    Sounds like I have a few good options...

    Charttape.. auto-detailing tape and fine masking tape..
    all will look better than my awful attempts at hand painting!

    thanks all

  9. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Road markings?, how about white and yellow decal stripes. they're not as thick as tape, can be set with setting solution, and can be faded/weathered for a more realistic appearance.
    All white and all yellow decal sheets can be cut to width as required, or clear decal sheets spraypainted, and then cut.
  10. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Also, if you have an airbrush you can cut yourself a stencil for road markings out of thin cardstock or acetate sheet (better). This is the best approach for appearance and also for dashed marks. It's also a good project to cut your teeth on if you're a bit iffy on airbrushing, as the stencil masks off everything you don't want to paint. Weight the edges of the cut-out sections so the paint can't get underneath and lightly mist from directly above. You want the paint to drift down and settle in the cut-outs. Too much of an angle or too much pressure and the pressure will lift the edges getting paint underneath the stencil. Alternatively, you can coat the back side of the stencil with one coat rubber cement to give it some tack.

    :D Val
  11. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    What I did, when I was into N scale, was bring the road right up to the outside of the rails. Then I bought some of thoses N scale wood ties(I think Chooch makes them). I measured the inside of the track and figured out how many ties it would take glued side by side leaving enough room for th flanges(It was either 5 or 6).Using Elmers glue I would glue them to a peice of plastic. I staggered them. When dried I cut to length, remove from the plastic,and glued in the track and it made an excellent looking wood crossing.
    For lines, I used one of those paint pens(Testors)
    I'm gonna do the same thing for my HO crossings. If I could find the ties.
  12. grumbeast

    grumbeast Member


    Thanks for all of the advice guys... I'm going to have to
    think about what to try based on availability of materials
    (read... whatever I see first when I have a few dollars in
    my pocket!).

    I've made some crossings with scale lumber, they look
    great but don't really look appropriate with major roads.

    in other news!..

    My poured crossings have worked!.. I cleaned the flangeways
    and the track and have trains successfully traversing them!!

    now for the markings

  13. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Now......for the pictures :D :D :D :D

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