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What material can I use to get the grade level from cork roadbed down to the sub-roadbed?

This transition is for the two service tracks that will lead to an engine service facility and I want them right on the table top.

I tried to fit a shim used for hanging pre-hung doors but it was too thick to start with by about 1/16th. The slope because of the length of the shim would have been perfect to use but it won't fit under the track at roadbed level.

Any ideas will be considered. Thanks.
 

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Sand or grind down the shim and even out the slope as it progresses downward. Or grind out the sub bed to fit.
 

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you can cut small cork strips, or foam strips spaced a few inches apart, and each one thinner than the last. Ballast will fill the gaps.
Going from cork to no cork only needs about 18" of track, right?.
 

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I think I'll use card stock strips and build that up to roadbed level.

It will be shorter than 18", more like 12", but it's only for locomotives so I don't anticipate any problems with grade.
 

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I think I'll use card stock strips and build that up to roadbed level.

It will be shorter than 18", more like 12", but it's only for locomotives so I don't anticipate any problems with grade.
You will need to keep the couplers in mind if you are running teamed or MUd locos over it.
 

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Single locomotives only. One locomotive per maintenance bay. any more will not fit. DB does not often MU locomotives. Not even in the mountains, but it happens occasionally
 

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I'm adding a new yard and have a similar issue. I added gatorboard to my yard area (which is the same height as my cork roadbed).

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I think I'll use card stock strips and build that up to roadbed level.

It will be shorter than 18", more like 12", but it's only for locomotives so I don't anticipate any problems with grade.
That's what I did to go from foam road bed down to no road bed.
 

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I'm going to wait until the locomotive facility is finished before doing anything else. I want to see if Faller has any suggestions or tips for placement and entering tracks.
 

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The cookie cutter method would work. Raise the plywood to match the cork.
 

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One other method I haven't seen mentioned yet... You can put down a thin layer of foam (even spray-foam would work here), then use a sanding block to create an appropriate slope from the cork to the plywood.
 
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