Track Gradients

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by Cannonball, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    Where does everyone get the foam blocks for their track gradients? Do you make 'em yourself or can they be bought somewhere? Do they come on O Gauge?
  2. viperman

    viperman Active Member

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    Woodland Scnenics makes the inclines, risers, etc. Can be bought at most hobby shops that deal with trains
  3. YmeBP

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    Hahah i asked the same exact question today. It's amazing how they make it all look so good isn't it?!

    This thread: http://www.the-gauge.com/showthread.php?t=23400

    Amrap1 said he uses Woodland Precut risers.

    I think i'm going to try and make a small foam cutter and make my own risers. :)
  4. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    Let us know how they turn out. I tried and actually did a fair job for the portion of the incline that was over 1/2" thick. The problem is trying to cut foam thinner than that. I was making 4% grades which equates to going from nothing to 1/2" over 12" in length. For a 1% grade it means going from nothing to 1/8" over the same 12" length. I finally gave up and bought WS inclines but used regular 2" foam for the flat riser sections.
    Doc.
  6. Jim Krause

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    I did it the hard way and carved my grades into the terrain after I built up the mountains. I wanted the grade to follow the contours as they would in real life.
  7. 65GASSER

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    Not to butt in and steal the thread but how much of a grade can you go at once?
  8. YmeBP

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    http://www.nmra.org/beginner/track.html

    that site says 2 to 3% per 100"



    I was just looking up the same thing earlier to see who i can work my current a tee go up the 3.5 inches i need to get a train under it.
  9. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    Moral of this story..... No gradients for a 3x6 O27 layout. :(
  10. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

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    That pretty well sums it up Cannonball.
  11. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    I'm pretty good at overstating the obvious. :D