Tubular Track Roadbed?

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December 5, 2013 5:31 PM

Outside of Johnson's Rubber Roadbed, is there any readily available for tubular track? IIRC, Johnson's went out of business and is rather difficult to find...? Not looking for info on cork, foam, etc type roadbeds but a molded type roadbed. 

 

Anyone scenic a layout using rubber Johnson's type roadbed? 

 

Thanks. 

 
 
 
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December 5, 2013 5:52 PM

How do you know they're not in business anymore?  I was planning my railroad

with their product in mind.

 

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December 5, 2013 6:16 PM

Matt:

 

I have some extra Johnson roadbed. Check with me if you are interested.

 

 
 
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December 5, 2013 6:23 PM

Brian,

 

I'll email you later. Thanks!

 
 
 
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December 6, 2013 11:00 AM

Any other suggestions for good looking but ballast free tubular track/roadbed? Not interested in fastrack, etc.
 
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December 6, 2013 11:19 AM

My first O gauge railroad in 1987 used tubular track O72 switches and Johnson Roadbed. Not only did the Johnson road bed look terrific, it reduced the sound significantly.

 

 

 

 Charlie

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December 6, 2013 11:34 AM

Seems to be some on Ebay:

Johnsons

Hope this helps a little.

 

Jerry

 

 

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December 6, 2013 12:04 PM

I'm considering the Johnson roadbed and a few other options. I don't do eBay so are there other reliable sources out there? I found Americas best but of course, no 0-31 curves which I would need.

What about seems at joints? I want it to look 100% clean with no seems in between pieces, etc.
 
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December 6, 2013 12:10 PM

SLC,

   The guy who had a lot of Road Bed was Jim Sutter on his fantastic store layout.

You might want to check with him via private mail here on the forum, he may still have some if it left in storage.

Don't know whether he sold his big layout when he retired or not.

PCRR/Dave

 

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December 6, 2013 1:58 PM

Matt,

 

Have you checked out Woodland Scenics roadbed.  I have used it with my Lionel tubular track.  It is flexible enough to use on 072, 054 and even 031 curves.  It comes in 24 foot rolls so you can keep the number of seams to a minimum, and even these are not very visible. 

 

George 

 

 
 
 
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December 6, 2013 2:47 PM

George, 

 

Just ordered a bunch of tubular track and some Woodland Scenics roadbed. Used it in the early years and had some difficulty (mainly operator error) but am willing to give it another shot. 

 
 
 
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December 6, 2013 3:39 PM

Rick Johnson's Rubber roadbed is great stuff.  I first purchased it about three years ago for my Standard Gauge Christmas Carpet Central Railway.  I have been using it at Christmas time ever since.  It looks great, protects the carpet from oil stains and helps the trains run a lot smoother if running on a carpet.  I have also used their O Gauge rubber roadbed for a small all tinplate O gauge layout I have in my basement.  It also looks great and really helps with quiet running on a plywood base.  If you like running tubular track Johnson's roadbed can't be beat.  I ordered some additional roadbed last year and used this telephone number to get in touch with them:  310-371-9668.  Hope this helps.

 
 
 
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