Maine Central, Lamoille Valley

Maine Central, Lamoille Valley
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Thursday, January 31, 2019


A question came up on a comment about obtaining Homabed, as I mention it own some posts and it shows up in photos.

July 15, 2003 - Homabed on top of spline in Hardwick Vermont. Homasote section to left is staging for Richford VT.

I first ordered Homabed in the early 1990s when it was made by B.O. Manufacturing in New York. Later it moved to California Roadbed company. I believe CA Roadbed is out of business.

April 10, 2009 - Homabed installed on my Woodstown Jct. Free-mo module 

But good news! A new source of Homabed is Cascade Rail Supply. You can get to it easily using They have been around for a few years now, and I have heard positive things about their product, although I have not had the need to order myself (I still have a little Homabed supply to use when needed). They also seem to have a much larger catalog of products.

Cascade Rail Supply -


Barry Karlberg said...

Great company with great products and service. Very fair prices. I have built my railroad using these products from Cascade,

Barry Karlberg

Steve said...

Thanks for the mention. Yes, California Roadbed is closed as of March 2016. I make most sizes of roadbed that they made but there are differences in some other specifications. If someone trying to match older roadbed you can contact me and I will make sure that the correct product goes out.

Steve Cox
Cascade Rail Supply

Geof Smith said...

Is there an advantage to using Homabed over cork roadbed?


Mike McNamara said...

Not sure of any tangible benefits. I prefer the Homabed to cork, smoother and more dense. I've pretty much only ever used Homasote and Homabed on my layouts, but did try cork on an N scale project and did not find it good to work with. Would crumble and break on curves. But I know many who use cork with no issues. Using a cork sheet/roll for staging seems like a nice application. But I would say mainly a preference one vs. the other.

Rob D said...

Homabed was easier to work with and much more quiet than cork. Cork dries out over the years. We used it on our club layout and home layouts for years.