To install the roadbed, I used regular Elmer’s white glue. I put down a heavy coat of it, brushing it smooth with a 1″ foam brush.
The roadbed is cut diagonally down the middle. To use it, you break it in half down the split and turn each half around. This gives you the sloped sides that you see on the full-size railroads. The cork can flex around a 9.75″ curve easily. Once the glue was down, I put down the roadbed, pinning it in place with 1.25″ T pins inserted at an angle.
I learned a few lessons while installing the roadbed. The first is that it works much better if you lightly sand the surface of the foam insulation first – this gives the glue something to “bite” to. The second is to use more glue. Finally, I learned to work in smaller sections, the Elmer’s glue starts to set too quickly.
While I was installing the roadbed, I decided to cut the basic shape of the river. This is where the use of rigid foam really comes in handy. I was able to cut the basic shape with my swiss army knife.
To start with, I only ordered enough roadbed to install the mainline. I wanted to be able to at least run trains as quickly as possible. Once the roadbed was down on the mainline, it was time to lay some track!
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