A Look At – Building The LX051-OO Foot Crossing / Pedestrian Level Crossing / Anti-Slip Walkway
Foot Crossing Pedestrian Walkway Kit – OO / 1:76 Scale
In this article we take a look at installing a modern image pedestrian walkway foot crossing on your layout. This kit just recently released can be found here https://www.scalemodelscenery.co.uk/shop/lx051-oo-foot-crossing-pedestrian-level-crossing-anti-slip-walkway-oo-4mm-176/?v=79cba1185463
The kit is designed to make a walkway up to 66cm in length & includes right angled corner sections. This allows you to install the walk way in what ever direction suits the location on your layout. For steam era modellers watch this space for a steam era walkway.
- Craft Knife
- Glue such as: Deluxe Materials Roket Card Glue / P.V.A glue / Super Glue
- Cutting Matt
- Drill & suitable size drill bit for the sign post holes
Lets get started…
The kit parts are as follows. In the photo on the right is the two base layer sheets. Sheet one containing the wider upper base layer, whilst sheet two contains the lower base layers. Two sections of rod are included for cutting down to size for the crossing safety signs.
On the instruction sheet is included the walk way texture sheet & safety crossing signage. These need cutting from the sheet.
On the back off the walkway sheet is this printed section. This is the grey back part of the signs, which saves you having to paint them.
Here I’ve picked this location to install the crossing. A section of lineside fencing has been cut to match the same width as the walkway.
Lay the walk way section across the tracks. Mark out the first cut line, where the walkway crosses the first rail. Also mark out the sides of the walkway on the ballast.
In the photo on the right i’m marking out the first cut line on the walk way.
Next remove the ballast to form a level area for the walk way to sit on. Vac up all loose bits of ballast.
Next cut out a section from both base layer sheets one & two to match the cut section of walk. Here i’ve had to cut an angled section across the end to fit the curved track.
Take the wider base layer section from sheet one, glue into place on top of the other base layer. Make sure the second base layer fits just under the rail head. Test run a train to make sure base layer doesn’t foul the train.
Now glue & place the walkway texture sheet into place. Make sure all edges are square, true & no air bubbles trapped under the texture sheet.
Glue & place the smaller base layer from sheet two as shown on the right. It must sit between the rail chairs.
Now glue & place the wider base layer from sheet one. This should be just wide enough to allow trains to pass over without fouling the trains. If it fouls the trains trim back the base layer a little.
Glue & place walkway texture sheet on to the base layers. Again make sure that it dosen’t foul the train as it passes over the crossing.
Next lay the walkway texture sheet as shown on the right. Mark out the cut line where the walk way crosses the second track. Also mark out the area of ballast to be cleared for the walk way.
Now cut a section of the wider base layer from sheet one. This needs to be long enough to sit on top of the sleepers as well as just fitting below the railhead.
If you want a level walkway between the two tracks then add an addition base layer. Here i’m leaving it as a slight dip between the two tracks. This is to allow clearance for models fitted with bufferbeam detailed pipe work etc.
As before glue & place the walkway texture layer on to the walkway base layers. Make sure no air bubbles get trapped up the texture layer.
Now repeat installing the walk way across the second track. Again make sure you test run trains to check for any fouling before fitting the texture walkway layer.
Next cut out the safety signs as well as cutting the plastic sign post rods down to your chosen size. Glue the signs on to the posts.
Drill hole for the sign post, add a spot of glue to the post end & insert in the hole. Make sure the sign is kept square & true whilst the glue sets.
This kit is also ideal for making walking ways on loco depots & railway yards. In the images below show a few examples.
Have you used this kit? If you have send in your photos & we’ll post them in the club.