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Re: cork underlay
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2018, 08:54:52 pm »
1/16 should be fine.

Looking at what I've used, it's 1/16 on sidings and thicker (1/8 or 3mm) on the main lines, but I'm following a modular standard which specifies the measurement from top of baseboard surface to top of rail, and the thicker cork works out just right for underneath code 55 track.  It would be thinner cork if I were using code 80 track.  I like a decent ballast shoulder anyway so it suits me fine.
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Re: cork underlay
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2018, 08:59:57 pm »
I also use 1/8th and find it fine for for code 80 rail
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Re: cork underlay
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2018, 09:00:35 pm »
All sounds good to me. I too am keen on a ballast shoulder, but at one point on my layout I did away with the cork as a cost cutting measure, and have regretted it ever since.
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Re: cork underlay
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2018, 07:28:56 am »
Rather than buying more cork I'd be tempted to lay the track,and then using a sharp blade cut the shoulder into the cork already laid, and then cut another line a distance away from the track, and chisel out between the two.
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Re: cork underlay
« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2018, 07:47:47 am »
It works well, it is what on did on Claywell but remember before you cut away the waste cork to leave it in place for things like platforms etc.

Here's a couple of illustrations .

Bampney station with cork in place under platforms and before cutting back the cork to the track.




And after cutting and fully modelling




Claywell junction - cut shoulder between tracks and put a little grass and weeds in the depression, the far right of the picture shows a big shoulder where the ground starts to fall away.


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