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Old 17-07-2018, 09:04 PM   #21
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Why would you want to stop the wonderful sound of trains moving over the track, just like the real thing. Railways are very noisy places.
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Old 17-07-2018, 09:50 PM   #22
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Hello all

Having taken all the comments on board, this evening I tested running a short train on loose set track on my first completed baseboard without anything underneath to see what level of noise I am getting. I then tried the foamboard between the track and baseboard. Finally I tried older plastic wheeled wagon v steel wheeled stock.

What did I get - some may be interested or not!

Yes with the track separated from the ply baseboard by the foam it was quieter by a small margin - no mechanical connections as all loose. However as Timber surf indicated plastic wheels are quite a bit quieter than the steel wheels.

So I think I will go down the foamboard layer across all the boards and not pin my track in place permanently, only gluing down once all running ok.

Timersurf's comment about the drumming issue - although my unsupported ply area is only around one square foot, I may once everything is up and running add off cuts of foamboard to the underside of the baseboard (where no wires or servos are) to help reduce any remaining sound amplification.

Minipix yes I am running trains at a crawl as per most light railway practice but as this layout will be wall mounted against the party wall, I want to reduce any noise to allow late night running without disturbing the neighbours.

So for my first layout this bit of work is now (for better or worse) decided upon. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts - most appreciated.

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Plastic wheels gather and spread dirt. Use metal ones if you can.
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Old 18-07-2018, 10:38 AM   #24
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Maybe a compromise would be extra fine cork ballast ? It won't do a vast amount for sound deadening but is lighter than conventional ballast/sand though more care would be needed laying it near point blades....
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Tip: foam core board can be painted with green garden furniture paint, but it is best to glue it to the sub baseboard first. I think I would glue it with wallpaper paste - anything else would be impossible to remove.
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