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OKFarmer 10-24-2019 09:22 AM

Roadbed - what's yours made of?
Still planning the big ceiling layout. Found a stash of Atlas track. What do you use for roadbed for noise reduction?

I've priced cork. Also looking at the Woodland Scenics foam track bed. I like it for the fact that you don't have to soak it and can just glue and go.


gunrunnerjohn 10-24-2019 09:41 AM

I've used cork in the past, I'm trying foam roadbed for my new layout.

Lehigh74 10-24-2019 09:46 AM

I have Gargraves track. On part of the layout, I have rolled grass mat, on part I have very thin cork and on part I have rolled roofing material. I use these for the appearance, not the sound deadening properties, but I suspect the cork and the roofing material reduce the noise slightly. I don’t really notice much difference in noise level for the three materials. Gargraves track with its wooden ties is already fairly quiet.

MichaelE 10-24-2019 09:47 AM


Spence 10-24-2019 10:55 AM

Ross track & cork roadbed.

Chugman 10-24-2019 12:07 PM

When I built my current layout, I tried several different types of roadbed. My main goal was sound deadening, but the profile was also important.

I tried cork because that was what I had used in the past and was comfortable working with it. It did not do a very job of sound suppression in my opinion, but is very easy to work with.

I tried rubber and it was very good, but expensive.

Last I tried Woodland Scenics foam. It was by far the best for sound and had the profile I was looking for and was thin so it would take less ballast. I also tried sill gasket foam from Home Depot. It was as good for sound, least expensive, but I would have had to hand cut the bevel for the profile.

So I used the sill gasket in all my tunnels where you can't see it and WS foam everywhere else. I did not use it in my yards because I wanted a lower profile compared to the mainlines and trains go so slow there that the sound wasn't an issue.

Just my two cents worth.


superwarp1 10-24-2019 12:23 PM

Woodland scenic's foam all the way.

gunrunnerjohn 10-24-2019 04:43 PM

I sampled three different foam products, and I found some on eBay that looks and feels every bit as good as Woodland Scenic's roadbed, but it's half the price. That's what I'm using. :)

Lee Willis 10-24-2019 06:18 PM

I used rubber drawing liner, cut to szie and double thick.

PENNSY484 10-24-2019 10:43 PM

Cork, hot glued down.

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