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Risers
Posted by Sid1425 on Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:31 PM

Are there any N scale risers other than the foam/Woodland Scenics type? Would especially like risers that run up to a viaduct.

Thanks.

Sid

 

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Thursday, January 17, 2013 2:06 PM

1% is 1%, 2% is 2%, it does not matter what scale track you put on the ramp. Go ahead and use the HO stuff on your N scale layout, especially if it is cheaper something made for N scale. For curves I cannot say how tight it will bend, you can only try it and find out, still the gentler the curve, the more your trains will thank you.

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Posted by tgindy on Thursday, January 17, 2013 10:31 PM

You might be a candidate for a plywood cookie-cutter desktop (which is actually the sub-roadbed), and; the grade would literally "take care of itself," with proper bracing occasionally along the rising sub-roadbed.

For example:  Here's a Google Images cookie-cutter search -- If use of foam sheets is non-negotiable -- It can be laid on top of the plywood, and then you have a solid base underneath to attach turnout motors, wiring, etc.

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Posted by tomikawaTT on Friday, January 18, 2013 12:54 AM

Lots of examples of cookie-cut roadbed in that link.  Also several sets of cutters for train-theme cookies.  (I cleared that when my wife came in - she has enough kitchen toys already.)

It appeared that at least one of the cut cookies was blue foam.  I just bent some (thin, narrow) pink foam and it flexed with rather less force than my usual plywood sub-roadbed.

The framework  under my cut cookies is steel stud 'C acts like L' girder pattern.  So are the risers that support the plywood sub-roadbed with foam on top.  I doubt that I spent anywhere near as much on my over-and-under subterranean pretzel (aka Nonomura) as the price of Woodland Scenics grade formers needed to form the equivalent.

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Posted by zstripe on Friday, January 18, 2013 10:19 AM

Sid1425

Are there any N scale risers other than the foam/Woodland Scenics type? Would especially like risers that run up to a viaduct.

Thanks.

Sid

 

I have a feeling the Op is not asking about elevation risers of the kind that everyone is giving him advice about.  The key is when He speaks about the viaduct... Just My thought,,,,,

Cheers,

Frank

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Posted by gandydancer19 on Friday, January 18, 2013 10:58 AM

A wooden yardstick can be a riser if it is supported correctly.  Most anything can be used as a riser.  It depends on what you want to do with it. 

Elmer.

The above is my opinion, from an active and experienced Model Railroader in N scale and HO since 1961.

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Posted by bogp40 on Friday, January 18, 2013 3:33 PM

zstripe

Sid1425

Are there any N scale risers other than the foam/Woodland Scenics type? Would especially like risers that run up to a viaduct.

Thanks.

Sid

 

I have a feeling the Op is not asking about elevation risers of the kind that everyone is giving him advice about.  The key is when He speaks about the viaduct... Just My thought,,,,,

Cheers,

Frank

He apparently needs an "incline" to an N scale viaduct.  Other responses should help w/ building the grade.  It would however, be great to have more info as to the layout construction. Cookie cutter if ply base or fabricated/ cut foam risers on foam base. many ways to accomplish this grade.

Modeling B&O- Chessie  Bob K. 

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