How close can you lay roadbed?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by prodigy2k7, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. prodigy2k7

    prodigy2k7 Member

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    I am curious of one thing, how close can you lay roadbed to each other (two tracks) without trains hitting each other, can they go right against each other? or is there a official or well known length that should be space between the bedding and tracks?
  2. zedob

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    Technically you can go down to 1-13/16", but most use no less than 2" between centers. I have a double crossover that is 2" on centers between the parallel tracks, so that's one of my gages.
    On curved track I let it range between 2-1/8 to 2-1/2, depending on the radii. The tighter the radius, the more clearance.
    I don't know the width of your roadbed material, but I would think that would self gage, edge to edge. Put two pieces side by side and measure center to center. if it's 2" or more, you're safe.
  3. prodigy2k7

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    thanks, makes sense :)
  4. jbaakko

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    Mine was 2", but I added 1/2" between for that extra Five point switcher room.
  5. kitsune

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    13 scale feet, just like the real world. It's tighter but I prefer the realistic width.
  6. Triplex

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    Actually, I thought I heard that a number of real lines nowadays had been widened to 20' centers. (Incidentally, that scales to 1.5" in N, making N-Trak actually realistic!)