Gray Johnson Roadbed?

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December 9, 2012 2:38 PM

I went on eBay and people were selling gray rubber roadbed with black ties, but I don't seen them on the Johnson website.  Is there another manufacturer of rubber roadbed?

 
 
 
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December 9, 2012 3:22 PM

My Johnson roadbed is black. I got all of mine from Americas Best Hobby shop.

 

 
 
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December 9, 2012 5:00 PM

Years ago Johnsons made gray rubber roadbed. However, after a couple of years it was discontinued due to it turning yellow. Had it on our layout for several years and we loved it.

 
 
 
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December 9, 2012 6:03 PM

 
 
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December 9, 2012 7:17 PM

I believe what you are looking at is Johnson's gray rubber roadbed.

 
 
 
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December 9, 2012 8:09 PM

Johnson's website makes no mention of any other color than the black roadbed that's shown in the pictures.

 
 
 
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December 10, 2012 1:57 PM

Originally Posted by Jaymark:

Johnson's website makes no mention of any other color than the black roadbed that's shown in the pictures.

As Jim Sutter already stated above, the grey roadbed was discontinued due to yellowing problems. All Johnson makes now is black roadbed.

 

Too bad, because the grey with the simulated extra ties looked better, IMHO.

 
 
 
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December 10, 2012 2:18 PM

Does anyone have any thoughts about painting the Johnson roadbed that "speckled' gray color after taping over the ties?  Or does that defeat the purpose?

 
 
 
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December 10, 2012 2:34 PM

Don't know why that wouldn't work - be neat to use some of that textured spray paint that's available. The only problem is that it would be tedious work taping over the "ties" for a large layout.

 

I'd even think about painting the entire roadbed grey, getting a stamp made at a stamp store with an imprint the size of a tie, and stamping the "ties" over the grey paint. Be a whole lot faster.

 
 
 
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December 10, 2012 2:34 PM

Personally, I like the black color. Below is a good picture of it installed.

 

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December 10, 2012 5:26 PM

Passenger Train Collector:  It doesn't appear that you used any type of ballast on the main layout, except the somewhat larger stones on the curve in the middle of the photo.  So for the majority of the layout you did not make any additions to the Johnson roadbed?  Additional photos of the layout showing the roadbed would also be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

 
 
 
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December 11, 2012 4:39 PM

Jaymark:

 

If you send me your e-mail, I will be happy to forward to you additional photos that are more graphic.

 

 
 
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