Underlay for tracks

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Underlay for tracks

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Post by fgstf » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:10 pm

3mm thick floor underlay by 20 meters (60 ft roughly) long and its moisture proof off local builders provider €150.00 about £129.00, as opposed to €450.00..£387.00 for cork in roughly the same length and it does the same job
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Post by yelrow » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:46 pm

Why do you need underlay. most of us lay straight on top of ply. Seems an expensive add on. John

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Post by fgstf » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:58 pm

Gives the rolling stock and trains a smother run its like a cushion between the hard base board and the track

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Post by yelrow » Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:25 pm

Whatever, you are happy with, I suppose. I don’t think it will catch on. Most of us get very smooth running with traditional method. If one is starting from scratch’ it’s another option, however.

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Post by Walkingthedog » Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:57 pm

In my view the best way is straight onto the board.

I used underlay in some form or the other for years but each time ended up removing it. Makes absolutely no difference to smooth running, particularly if you ballast the track. ;)
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Post by fgstf » Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:50 pm

I would argue with respect .....that the rolling stock and trains have a more cushioned run, the underlay will absorb any lumps and bumps that the baseboard WILL have :)

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Post by fgstf » Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:00 pm

Ballast in my opinion is just decorative, and has no effect on the running of the layout........Again when the stock is running with a cushion underneath its smoother

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Post by Walkingthedog » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:00 am

Of course ballast is decorative as are fences, figures, trees and anything else you add that serves no useful purpose. Any way each to his/her own. Just make sure the board surface is absolutely flat otherwise the underlay will just follow the lumps and bumps. :)
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Re: Underlay for tracks

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Post by Bandit Mick » Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:07 am

Don't want to be rude but why waste money which can be put towards buying stock etc.

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Post by yelrow » Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:15 am

I originally, put that, then thought perhaps, i should change it. There are no lumps or bumps in a correctly laid baseboard. Waste of money in my view also.

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