Laying Trackbed - Part II

By Ty’s Model Railroad - 7/17/2010 01:21:00 AM

A track riser made of expanded foam leading from one elevation of benchwork to another

With July 1st this year being on a Thursday, my work decided to shut down for IT upgrades on Friday as well, giving me a nice long 4 day long weekend - plenty of time to make some serious progress on my model.

Benchwork covered in various construction materials with a section of completed track on foam roadbed

I first fixed my original ramps on the left side of my layout. I shaved them down with a sharp knife and placed different sized risers underneath to make them much more gradual and smooth. I also laid foam trackbed on the right side of the layout leading up to the future trestle.

An expanded foam track riser being weighed down with a dumbbell while it dries

The second approach to the trestle is also constructed at this time. This unfortunately is going to be the most challenging part of the layout as far as track goes as the total grade here is about 11%. This however, is a risk that just needs to be taken for the sake of the rest of the layout. I’m sure it will all work out in the end. For track planning, I commonly used Bachman E-Z Snap-Track to plan where my actual track and foam roadbed would go. This track works great as a moveable template and grade planner when working with 18” radius curves.

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