Rob’s been back in touch.
This time he talks us through using Woodland Scenics foam track bed, and why he does it:
This is video 2 of my 3-part series on building a simple and inexpensive layout for running trains. I am working on part three now and it should be ready for you soon.
These instructive videos are meant for the novice who would like to have a little layout but does not really know for sure how to proceed.
Over the years I have developed several methods that have proved themselves to be very reliable, easy, and relatively inexpensive. I would like to pass them on to the new guys and girls so they won’t have any excuse left not to start their own layout.
If a layout such as this is started it will build the skills needed to create more complex layouts and track plans later on if one wants to go on from here. Practice is what raises skill and knowledge levels after all.
As I said before on the earlier n scale layout submission after I sold my Colorado and North Western layout (CONW), I found myself with a considerable collection of (1:160) N scale engines and rolling stock but I had no place to run them. This little compact layout will solve that problem and allow me to run my little gems again.
The video below is about how I glued down the Woodland Scenics foam track bed underlayment. It takes about 3 minutes to watch and took me an hour to glue down.
I like the foam track bed because, (A), it is fast and easy, (B) It provides an acoustic barrier between your board and the track. Without this sonic barrier, the sound of the trains is transmitted into the board where it reverberates and makes it sound like the trains are running across a cello top or guitar top.
I prefer to only hear the sound of the wheels running on the rails. (C) Many people use cork which is fairly cheap, but many times must be cut to the correct width and is not as flexible as foam.
(D) In addition to this, it is not as good of an acoustic isolator as foam. I will usually take more effective, faster, and better over cheap, slow, and ineffective any time.
I am so appreciative of all you do for the modeling community around the world.
Thank you, Rob McCrain – Farland Howe”
Now on to Jim
You’ll remember him from his HO scale Santa-Fe layout.
He’s sent in some latest pics with a very conscise narrative – but it’s hard to disagree with:
“All railroads need people.
From Santa Fe Bob in Florida, USA”
A huge big thanks to Rob and Jim. Please do post at the bottom of the page if you’d like to comment.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you decide to stop missing out on all the fun, the Beginner’s Guide is here.