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Crossing Boards?
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:01:37 pm »
In some instances you see  "crossing boards" running between rails.  I assume they are there to allow workmen etc to cross the tracks for whatever task they have been allocated.

From a N Gauge perspective can these be bought as kits or are they typically fashioned from other materials?

 
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Re: Crossing Boards?
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2013, 04:06:10 pm »
You can make them up using the wooden stirrers from burger places.

cheers John.

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Re: Crossing Boards?
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2013, 05:26:02 pm »
You can make them up using the wooden stirrers from burger places.

cheers John.

That's what i make them from too John... :thumbsup:
Soak them in wood stain then a bit of weathering with powders/coal dust..... :thumbsup:

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Re: Crossing Boards?
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2013, 06:07:20 pm »
If not, I think County Rolling Stock sell them (see advert on the right)

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Re: Crossing Boards?
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2013, 02:53:36 pm »
Thanks guys!

Problem is they might have to be retro fitted as I have thought recently they might be a good idea and the track is already ballasted!

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Re: Crossing Boards?
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2013, 03:10:11 pm »
In which case you either carefully scrape off the ballast or maybe you would consider using plaster. I have seen it used for hardstanding. Also possible very thin plastic or styrofoam strip.

Keep an open mind, I'm sure you'll find something suitable.

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Re: Crossing Boards?
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2013, 07:26:52 pm »
Thanks guys!

Problem is they might have to be retro fitted as I have thought recently they might be a good idea and the track is already ballasted!

I have a few small pieces of thin very light balsa wood which is pliable which could be glued over the ballast then flattened to get the correct height and still give that wood look.
Let me know via PM if you would like a piece to try this and i will send you some.....(no charge)

Ste...... :NGaugersRule:

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Re: Crossing Boards?
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2013, 08:56:02 pm »
Thanks for the offer.  I've got some balsa here which I can have a go with!

The boards will be going on a curve and will link a access path/track to a lamp lighters hut.

Great idea...
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Re: Crossing Boards?
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2013, 03:31:00 pm »
I used 'plastikard' planking, can't re member the size but there is one that's the size of sleeper.s The intended use was to use them has fencing,banking earth etc then I thought ideal for rail crossings. The plastic sheet is thin enough not to interfere with ballast and locos etc, painted with a tar effect it looks ok. Got mine from Squires. Cheers john.

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Re: Crossing Boards?
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2013, 09:07:59 am »
Had a go with the Balsa Wood.

Quite pleased with the result just needs to be "weathered" a little I think.



Thanks for the tips!
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Re: Crossing Boards?
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2013, 11:35:26 am »
Some rural stations have them crossing twin tracks so passengers
can reach opposite platform where there is no footbridge,
eg Horton in Ribblesdale.
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