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I am about to build my train table (4 x 8) and I'm not sure of my next step.

Do I lay the track/ballast directly to the wooden surface or can I add a layer of styrofoam (not sure what thickness I would use) and lay the track on this.

The styrofoam or other material would be used so I can add some contour to the topography. Perhaps stream bed, culverts things of that nature. Major landscaping such as hills would be added separately. Any suggestions for a better material are welcome or telling me this si a bad idea are OK to.

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I would avoid laying the track on wood. Wood tends to make the train louder. I used a cork roadbed between the track and wood in one section and it is still louder than I want. Foam insulation board is good if you plan to cut down to make streams etc. It is also good for sound absorption.
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