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Cork Roadbed Width For 'Micro Engineering' On30 Track ?
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 Posted: Wed Nov 29th, 2017 11:47 pm
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I'm building my first module for the On30 group I joined, and I'm preparing to get the track and roadbed for it.

Sadly, my local model train store doesn't stock O scale cork nor Micro Engineering's On30 track to compare the tie width.  (ME is the group's standard)

Will standard O scale cork look right or is there another width I should try?

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Not sure what your club's standards are as the height of the roadbed and ties will be a major factor.

O scale cork roadbed may be too wide for that narrow gauge look.  HO gauge should work if you take the two halves of the cord roadbed and have the sloped edges toward the middle.  That should make the roadbed wide enough.  Make sure to check that rail height so there's no bumps from your module to the next one.



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I used old stock model power HO cork roadbed with ME On30 track on my layout.
With ballast in place, it looked fine.This photo shows it in place:https://flic.kr/p/GhrG6i

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Here is On30 track on HO cork roadbed laid with the sloped shoulders in.



My hand cut ties are bit thicker and wider than ME flex track. 

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Forgot to add that I've been using Peco On30 flex track on Midwest roadbed for my 35n2 layout and it fits fine.

Most of my track gets buried in dirt and sand for that neglected look.  I also hit my track with several layers of paint from rattle cans along with a UV spray.  I get that 'two streaks of rust in the sand' look.



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Okay, I have all the cork glued down, but with the slopes on the inside I hadn't thought of how to smoothly transition down to the ground level.

What methods work for you guys?

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A little thick plaster, or wood putty.

I work outdoors so I use motar mix.




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