New Roadbed?

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I’m in the midst of planning my new layout.  The track plan that I (think I) want to use is pretty much done.  In an upcoming post, I’ll even share some thoughts on the bracing under the layout.  But this afternoon, I was fiddling around with an idea for a new way (for me at least) to do roadbed.

On my old layout, I used HO scale cork roadbed.  The track profile looked pretty good except it was too tall.  I don’t have a piece handy but I’m guessing it was over 1/4″ tall which comes out to nearly two scale feet… if not more.  It just didn’t look right to me.

The last time I was at a hobby shop, I picked up a strip of N scale roadbed.  Now, if I use it as it’s supposed to be used, it’s too narrow.  But I’m toying with the idea of using three pieces as in the diagram above; one strip will be face down.  Granted it will take more but I think it will look better when it is all finished.  The bed will be a bit wider which won’t be too bad But it will be about half as tall as its HO cousin.  And perhaps the best thing is that the tracks will be within a gnat’s eyelash of being two inches, center to center which should work out really sell for my needs.

I’ve got to get busy and dig out a piece of HO scale roadbed then put a small section of track on each one to see just how it would look.  I’ll share those results with you as well.  But right now, I’m thinking that things won’t look bad at all with the N scale stuff instead of the HO.  We will see.




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