Grades w/Rokuhan Sectional Track

Michael Doleman Jan 8, 2018

  1. Michael Doleman

    Michael Doleman TrainBoard Member

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    I have my first Z-scale layout planned, and I'd like to include an elevated section. I've read about all the issues regarding keeping grades to scale maximum, i.e. 2%. I'm using Rokuhan sectional track, and have the Woodland Scenics styrofoam grade ramps. My question is how do you actually start the transition from flat to grade? I mean: with sectional track, do I place the start of the ramp directly under one of the track connections? That seems wrong to me... Do I need to use a flex-track section? Or is the grade transition shallow enough (1/2" over 24") that it's more or less a non-issue?
     
  2. markm

    markm TrainBoard Supporter

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    Michael,
    Welcome to the forum and welcome to Z. The Styrofoam grade ramps are very shallow, the thickness of a couple of index cards. Just make sure the thin end is glued down well for 3-4 "notches" as the end will tear easily. Personally, I like running the start of the grade under the middle of a track section, although at 1-2% I'm not sure it makes any difference. If your grade will include some curves, I'd suggest using the super elevated curves. They won't really affect performance but they look more realistic.

    Hope this helps,

    Mark
     
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  3. Michael Doleman

    Michael Doleman TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks. That does help, and it's essentially what I suspected -- but wanted to confirm. Yes, part of the grade will be located around a curve -- but at this point I've ordered most of my track and opted not to go for the super-elevated sections. I'm not completely sure why I made that decision, other than not having any experience with it, and wanting to stick to basics prior to trying anything new. My curves all have large radii, so I think it will be less of an issue. Thanks again for the assistance.
     

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