In this post, I will describe the construction of a highway crossing for my layout. The road planned to cross the tracks is a secondary asphalt surfaced road. The photo above was taken by Rick Leach in Woodinville, WA. He was leaning out the window of the GP-9 while taking the picture.
I was able to get a copy of the NP Crossing 6-10-1 drawing from Rick Leach. It showed how the road built the crossing out of 4″ x 10″ lumber held in place with spikes. My boards were cut to 18′ in length and beveled on the end. I suspect the railroad beveled the boards to keep from catching any hanging brake equipment.
I distressed the wood with a wire brush and a knife blade. The boards were held in place by long round head spikes that were pounded into the ties. I used a .036″ diameter drill bit to create holes in the boards. Since the crossing was being mounted between Code 100 rail, I added .020″ strips under the planks lining up with ties. I used a Sepia ink to stain the wood. Sepia color looks like creosote and is a good starting point for the boards. Next I added black highlights to the boards.
The crossing will connect the off-table world with a feed mill to the right and a town to the left. The road will climb a hill while running parallel to the track. I intend to add a few bungalows along the road. But that is another story.
Next time, I will tackle the road surface.