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    Default Road Bed. What do you use?

    Getting ready to lay track on what I hope is a very long term module for my layout.

    My question is what is what are you using for road bed. Also looking at something to hold up over time.

    I had used the Woodland Scenics foam road bed in the past, but I have heard in a few pod casts that the "experts" are against this.

    So what do you use?


    FYI I plan to use glue and adhesive caulk, no mechanical connections from track to plywood.
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    Traditional cork (Midwest brand) with water based adhesive caulk. Hasn't given me any problems for over 15 years.

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    Experts schmuckberts!


    Foam all the way. Easy to use. Won't dry out and crumble away...
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    I use 1/8" open cell charcoal foam. Comes cheap in LARGE sheets. I cut strips to fit each situation. Just use diluted Elmer's to glue, and to glue track to foam once the glue holding the foam has dried. Now I am ballasting.

    https://www.thefoamfactory.com/openc...harcoal-R.html

    Not a great photo, but you can see it here unballasted:



    I find it to be quieter than cork, but everyone has his own preference.

    Post scriptum: I use a roller cutter to cut 1" strips and to trim alongside the tracks in yards and stations.
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    I use Midwest Cork
    I also paint my cork to a color similar to my ballast to seal the cork and that makes it so I can apply less near turnouts

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    Midwest cork attached to extruded foam with Titebond carpenters glue.

    Tried Woodland Scenics' foam roadbed in 1998. No bueno.

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    I use the green foam stuff you put under laminate flooring. It's cheap, can be cut to the required size and works just fine

    There are a couple of pictures here: https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...054#post598054 from my latest modules.

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    Heiko, how thing are those foam? 1/16"?

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    On my Pinnacle & Erewhon build, I'm not using roadbed per-se. I built the scenery up out of 1/2 insulating foam sheet and glued the track (with latex caulk) directly to the foam.

    On harder materials, I tend to prefer cork roadbed. The kind you find at automotive and hardware stores to make gaskets out of.
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    3mm, that's about 1/8". But there are different thicknesses available...

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    Midwest cork for the most part, no issues after > 20 years. In some places I raised the cork up by laying it on half-widths of HO cork for variety. Directly on the plywood in yards. Layers of cereal box cardboard for vertical transitions.

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    I use Micro-Engineering Code 55 flextrack and Atlas Code 55 turnouts/sectional track for my main line and yard, and Micro-Engineering Code 40 track for my spurs.

    For the roadbed I use Woodland Scenics foam Trackbed for the curved sections and standard Midwest cork roadbed for straight sections and turnouts. For my yard, I use craft cork sheets.

    All are fastened down with adhesive caulk (Loctite Polyseamseal All-Purpose Clear).

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    I use Midwest cork attached to extruded foam with Laytex Contact Cement to secure the cork to the foam and track to the cork.
    I also use Laytex cement to fasten layers of foam as well, better than calk when it comes to carving the foam.
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