Track underlay

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I've used roofing felt in this way before. It lasted well enough and gave a pretty uniform look. admittedly this was when I was working on an outdoor OO gauge railway so was in place to protect the baseboards from the elements rather than be a scenic feature.

If you are indoors the best option is cork underlay. if you ballast this, and don't like the noise, you can get acoustic pads (the kind they use in panel van conversions), which you adhere to the underside of the baseboards which might help reduce the noise.
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Thank you once again for all the input here.
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Stese wrote: Thu May 23, 2024 1:47 pm I've used roofing felt in this way before. It lasted well enough and gave a pretty uniform look. admittedly this was when I was working on an outdoor OO gauge railway so was in place to protect the baseboards from the elements rather than be a scenic feature.

If you are indoors the best option is cork underlay. if you ballast this, and don't like the noise, you can get acoustic pads (the kind they use in panel van conversions), which you adhere to the underside of the baseboards which might help reduce the noise.
Clearing out the cupboards I came across this. Tiree sand that is a light grey colour. Reckon I have about 5kg of it..Theres also plenty of slightly darker sand at Staffin Beach about 20 mins drive from me.

Can sand be stuck down in the same way that track ballast can?



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I''d say pretty much any non-soluble material can be glued using a mix of PVA and water.
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I agree, it should be fine to use though watch the gradual size isn't too large. I have even used dried coffee grouts around loco depot areas. The only problem was the smell of coffee lasted for ages. :)
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I'm doing the same for a base level of ground scatter... and yes.. the smell is noticeable, but not unpleasant!
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stonesfan wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 8:42 pm Can sand be stuck down in the same way that track ballast can?
Just don't take too much either - https://www.countytimes.co.uk/news/2373 ... les-beach/ as it is illegal to take from the beach.
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I would suggest a test piece first. Some time ago I put some playpit sand (very fine) on the layout using the dilute PVA method and it didn't stick anywhere near as well as 'normal' ballast. Probably down to the PVA but it has made me wary of using sand everywhere since.
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