Cork roadbed widness

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by csxnscale, Sep 6, 2003.

  1. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

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    Recently I received my "Midwest" cork raodbed from 4nscale.com.
    The height looks o.k., but isn't this roadbed to wide for N-scale or am I missing something ?

    Paul
  2. sapacif

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    Check your prototype roadbed. There are cross-section drawings available on the web, somewhere. Also, I would say that, in general, the roadbed will take up about twice the space you allotted. If you look at any prototype, it is really very wide. In modeling, I think the extra width/shape is made with the ballast itself.
  3. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    I have used a lot of the Midwest cork road bed and once the track is on and ballasted it looks fine.
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    Roadbed...

    ...cork or otherwise...

    I see trains running on track and roadbed burried in mud. While structural engineers have designed and calculated the liveweight to mass ratios and forces acting upon railroad roadbed I think as modelers we acccept what looks right.

    You didn't receive HO roadbed did you?

    Mark:confused:
  5. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

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    Thanks for the reply's,
    Mark the cork I received is N-scale 1" 1/8 wide, 1/8" thick. But with a tie width of approx 5/8" it looks overkill to me.
    I used to build a diorama and on that one I cut the cork from sheets myself just a bit broader the the tie width and this looks more prototypical than the "Midwest" product after balasting.

    Paul
  6. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

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    I cut my cork 3/4" wide, I think once it's ballasted, it will look fine.
  7. SD70BNSF

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    Cutting your own

    SD90,

    Did you bevel the edges? is the top profile 3/4" wide or the bottom? If you did bevel the edges, how did you go about doing it?
  8. SD90

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    No, I didn't bevel the edges, I'll just use a bit more ballast. I'll take a picture of it and post it. Hang on...
  9. SD90

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    Here is a picture from the side...

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    SD90 Active Member

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    and here is one from the top.

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  11. SD70BNSF

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    I think I see

    I think I see... I thought 3/4" was a bit too thin (at least looking at my own track samples and a ruler). But, by keeping the base less wide, you'll be able to profile the ballast to look the same, it'll just take a little more ballast.

    I assume you figured out the cost per foot or inch is less than say Midwest's products.

    Thanks.
  12. SD90

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    The cost per foot is alot less! This cork was $6 per foot, and the roll was 4' wide, so at 3/4" wide, I got 16 peices of 4' long roadbed for $6! It works out to 10 cents a strip, and that's for a 4' strip not 30". I'll spend a bit more on ballast, but it will still be much cheeper.