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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.

Thoughts?
 

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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.
 

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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.

Art
 

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

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Cork on On30, Woodland Scenics foam on O. The foam is quieter, but it has less "memory" than cork. If you put a knee on it while crawling on top of the layout, it will leave a depression.
 

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My tubular track is on homasote over plywood. I have added extra rubber ties to improve the look of the track. Ground cover near the rails is chicken grit. I do not ballast in the gauge.
 

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As some guy named “Vern” pointed out elsewhere, I don’t have a layout yet, but I plan on using 1” insulation board on top of plywood with cork roadbed under the mainline tracks...

Tom
 

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I have both cork and woodland scenics foam. I prefer the cork. For me, it's easier to work with. I like the height of it too.
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Ron
That's nice looking track for O scale.
 
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