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Woodland Scenics Risers and Inclines – Thoughts Please

Daniel has O gauge and asks:

“Has anyone out there tried to use the risers and incline foam pieces with O gauge? Their risers and inclines are 2 1/2” wide, but their roadbed is 2 3/4”. Obviously a mismatch. I like the process better than trying to cookie cutter the pieces. Maybe, there is a way that still looks ok. Thanks for any experience.”

3 Responses to Woodland Scenics Risers and Inclines – Thoughts Please

  • Charles Deyesays:

    On my layout I have 4 trains on different levels. What I did was for the one elevated was cut pieces of wood about 2″ high.Which the one layout higher then the other 3. The pieces of wood was brace by using L brackets which held them in place. The wood is more sturdier then foam. I also painted the wood a light brown color to blend in. I took the A size trestle and mount it on the wood with screws. It works real good. Something for to think about trying?

  • Steven Neelysays:

    use the riser as a guide , and lay thin strips of wood that are the right width for the road bed of your track , then fill the sides with foam to even out the hill sides . I’ve used the risers on HO and when I used a 4% incline it’s almost to much for the engines to pull , from talking with other modelers they’ve said to stay with a 2% incline . the next layout that I’m planning I’m going to use 2% on the uphill and 3% on the downgrade . one of the local layouts near me went with a 4% incline in O gauge using wood panels and the bigger engines didn’t have a problem pulling longer trains up the hills ,

  • Dansays:

    I am working on a 21 x 16 layout for a local museum and have been testing my maximum elevations in 0 scale. My findings ar that 2% – 2.5% offer the best feel. Yes the locos will pull up a 4% grade and as much as I desire to have that height in my mountain scene I notice 2 things. 1. It does not look very realistic and 2. with a standard transformer “not hooked to DCC system yet” the speed up and slow down appears awkward. I know the DCC will correct this with proper braking etc I just think 2% is a good fit for most situations however the good news is we all have a choice as to what works good for us.

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