Tracklaying has begun.......or has it?

Discussion in 'HO Scale' started by friscobob, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    This last Friday was an off-day for me, so I took advantage of it to start laying track on the Arthur Sub.

    • N scale cork roadbed- check
    • Glue for aforementioned roadbed- check
    • Flextrack, code 70 and 83- check
    • Turnouts- check
    • Rail joiners- uh oh.......

    Oh well, at least the cork is going down............................:mtongue:
  2. Geep_fan

    Geep_fan TrainBoard Member

    Gee, this sounds like me about 6 months ago! I was wondering when my layout was ever going to get off the ground!
  3. glakedylan

    glakedylan TrainBoard Member

    wondering why you are using N scale cork roadbed?
    or is this thread mistakenly in the HO scale forum?
    just caught my attention and thought I might be missing something.

    Gary L Lake Dillensnyder
  4. BarstowRick

    BarstowRick TrainBoard Supporter

    Frisco, It's about time. Now don't stop.

    Gary, A interesting thought.

    I mix it up a bit but cork roadbed covers most of my mainline, secondary main and the yards. There is a bunch of us N Scalers that use Cork Road Bed. Just curious but what would make you think HO scalers are exclusive?

    A happy corker...grin!
  5. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    I'm modeling a secondary main line of the Frisco, most notably the Paris, Texas area. No six=asle road power here, so no reason to build heavy-duty track. Hence, the N scale cork roadbed- the track sits a little lower, and when I transition from the cork to the actual surface (pink foam), it'll be easier to do so.

    Rick- I've also used foam roadbed for layout construction, but I thought I'd go back to cork for this one. It's being fastened down with Liquid Nails.
  6. YoHo

    YoHo TrainBoard Member

    Reread Bob's original post. He specified n scale cork instead of HO scale.

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  7. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Great to hear, Bob!
    I find that taking extra time with the roadbed preparation pays off in spades later. Get a long sanding block (8"+) and sand the roadbed prefectly flat. Knock off high spots, fill in low spots with spackle, or what have you. Also use the sander to knock off the rough cork edges for a more realistic ballast profile. In N scale, it's crucial to have a good, known flat roadbed to work from, to eliminate rough track. In HO, prolly less critical, but still valuable.
  8. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Uh. Umm. Oops.... Forgot something vital?. Oh well. Been there, done that. :tb-embarrassed:
  9. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Fortubately, I was able to place an order for said needed items from one of our advertisers this weekend, so construction will resume. And not a moment too soon- that soup ain't moving itself!
  10. MOPMAN

    MOPMAN TrainBoard Member

    Glad to see you have something going. I'm sure the first pics are in the making...hint hint.
  11. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    I'll see what I can come up with this weekend. Meanwhile, the rail joiners have been shipped, and are somewhere between here & California, fighting its way thru the deluge of last-minute tax returns.

    Now where did I put that Dremel................:prolleyes:
  12. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    And they're here! Now the crews can get busy (rained recently, too wet to mow).

    I'll see what I can do about pictures, and getting the foambreaking ceremony out of the way.
  13. BarstowRick

    BarstowRick TrainBoard Supporter

    Sorry, I don't mean to be so late getting back.

    It all sounds good to me and cork road bed is a great option.

    I use all kinds of variants sub-road beds as well as road bed. It all gives good service and long lasting durability. Sounds like you are good to go.

    Also, waiting for pictures...grin!

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