Track and siding question

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by spitfire, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    What Mike says is so very true. A couple layouts back I wanted a ramp to an unloading spot for hoppers of sand and stone. I wanted to use an existing wood trestle I had, and only had a short distance to ramp up to it. The first time I went to spot a car there, I had a short string of boxcars with a hopper at the end. As I backed the cut up the ramp, the boxcar roofs hit each other at the point where the grade started! I had to use flatcars or gondolas as a handle to push the hoppers up the grade. It was pretty humorous.

  2. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Great suggestion Mike...You're right...too much vertical transition and they will uncouple everytime!
  3. RaiderCTE

    RaiderCTE Member


    this is how my first one turned out. What I ended up doing was just lay the track and let it dictate the drop. Then I ballasted. I applied a couple layers and sort of pushed it in from the sides to take out the slack and actually support the track.

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