laying road bed

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by cpNscale, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. cpNscale

    cpNscale Member

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    Just recently returned to the hobby after a 20 year drought.Use to model HO but was young with limited money so didn't get much experiance with road bed and such.
    Now im model n scale and need advise on laying cork road bed on turn outs.
  2. Arlaghan

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    cpNscale,

    I'm getting ready to do exactly this on my NTRAK module. If you are patient, I will photograph the process and post it here for you. I don't waste money on the pre-fab turnout pieces of cork, when the long strips can be used just as easily. Give me a day or two and I will post the process.

    -Alex
  3. cpNscale

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    Thanks that would be great.I can wait to do it right.
  4. NScale

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    Hope you can share this with us Arlaghan. I would like to see that done because I am just before laying new track myself.
    Thanks!
  5. Arlaghan

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    In the meantime...

    Rather than have you wait, I took a picture of an already completed area of a turnout for demonstration purposes. If my explanation is good enough for this picture, you can get busy - I will still take pictures of the process tomorrow or the day after, however.

    (To make this easier to explain, I have labeled the 4 pieces of cork A, B, C, and D in the picture, and outlined them in green.)

    Here's what I do:

    You should have your track plan drawn out already, it makes this a lot easier. First I lay the easy complete sections (A and B).

    Next, I take a strip of cork, and lay it along C. I let it overhang completely over the top of piece B. I tack it down with pins, then, along where it meets B, I cut it with an X-acto knife. Should have a nice pointy end. Glue it down.

    After C is down, I take piece D and do the same thing - let it overhang completely over C and pin it down. Taking my X-acto knife, I cut piece C removing the beveled edge where piece D covers it (the big white arrow). When that is removed, I then cut piece D along where it meets piece C and glue it down.

    If you follow these steps, its pretty easy and you can cork your entire layout fairly quickly. The trick is to have LOTS of pins handy. I bought two packs of 100 and found that is not enough! :D :D

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  6. NScale

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    Cool! That looks purty easy and makes a neat looking job of it.
    Thanks for sharing! :)
  7. Hoss

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    That's EXACTLY how I do mine. Piece of cake and works like a charm. :)
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    agree:) :) Good job. :) :)
  9. Arlaghan

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    Guys,

    As promised, I made a more detailed, step-by-step how-to for laying cork roadbed under turnouts. Turns out the area I did was a crossover, which is a little more work, but I think it came out nice. Here is the thread.

    -Alex