Roadbed transitions

  • roadbed transitionHere is what I did for the roadbed transition such as for industrial spurs and other short type of drops or inclines. As long as the grade is straight this works really well, trains WILL stay on the track. I used a chipboard type cardboard such as a cereal or shoebox. I first cut the cardboard into 1 inch strips, the longest about  12-14 inches. Stack the strips up to see how many you will need to reach the top and be flush with the cork. Cut the strips to length at 1" or  3/4" incriments. The first strip can be 1" the second 2" then 3" etc. Then glue them in place starting with the shortest piece first. Then the next to shortest, next and so on. The final strip will be the longest. This method will help eliminate the woop-tee-doos and make a smooth grade. At the tail end of the longest piece (after the glue dries) sand down the edge to remove the last little bump. This will make for a very smooth transition and minimal operational headache.   

2 comments
  • Scott Olson
    Scott Olson Very good idea, I will definitely give it a shot on the next incline. Have you thought about trying to match the grade on the side of the roadbed?
    May 27, 2012 - 1 likes this
  • Raymond Stewart
    Raymond Stewart I did something similar to this method and just applied and built up the ballast to meet the contour of the roadbed, in my case the WS foam. Was really easy to do.
    May 27, 2012