building lionel postwar dealer display- What grass mat do I buy?

Just wondering what grass mat I have to buy for a lionel dealer display replica. I have seen in pictures that the track usually has gray painted under it while the grass mat is placed all around. Not to mention the roads are painted a sand/bashe color.

- Joe

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So if anyone can help me on the brand or who knows what grass mat looks somewhat like the postwar era grass mats, then that would help me out.

- Joe

Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters, METCA,

Independent Hi-Railers Eastern Division,

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders,

Raritan River Chapter of the NRHS,

Black River Railroad Historical Trust

 http://raritanriver-rr.com/

"You're too young to remember the Raritan River!" -Told to me by a man at a train show.

The Lionel displays were green sawdust sprinkled over wet paint.   But I have use the Woodland Scenic mats for two small layouts, and they work just fine.   Easy to use and look good for a display layout.

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I am currently building a D-289 and I used LIFE-LIKE TRAINS 1008 GRASS MAT - LIGHT GREEN purchased at the local Lionel Dealer that is left: Evans in Sheboygan Falls, WI. It looks great, but don't try to glue it down with wood glue, use spray adhesive or it will buckle.

Joe L posted:

I am currently building a D-289 and I used LIFE-LIKE TRAINS 1008 GRASS MAT - LIGHT GREEN purchased at the local Lionel Dealer that is left: Evans in Sheboygan Falls, WI. It looks great, but don't try to glue it down with wood glue, use spray adhesive or it will buckle.

Joe, That's great. Please post some pictures sometime . Many of us who have built, or are building, Lionel Dealer Displays would be interested in seeing your work.  

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I'll second the posts calling for painted sawdust or an old-fashioned "grass" product rather than a mat.  Easier to put exactly where you want, won't buckle, easy to repair if there's a mishap, and easy to scrape off and re-do if you want to change things around.

And the newer scenery products don't provide the period look of a dealer display.

johnstrains posted:
Joe L posted:

I am currently building a D-289 and I used LIFE-LIKE TRAINS 1008 GRASS MAT - LIGHT GREEN purchased at the local Lionel Dealer that is left: Evans in Sheboygan Falls, WI. It looks great, but don't try to glue it down with wood glue, use spray adhesive or it will buckle.

Joe, That's great. Please post some pictures sometime . Many of us who have built, or are building, Lionel Dealer Displays would be interested in seeing your work.  

I will do that, although it is not a full perfect recreation, as I want to utilize many more items and give it my own touch. I have a small house so not a lot of room for displaying it so it was the perfect layout for me. I will do so in the next week or so when I get most of it completed. Yesterday I got the accessories rough laid out and the track and ballast laid down and fastened to the table.

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