My friends and I are planning on putting together a temporary layout for a little train show in Pennsylvania in the Summer. It's going to be about 8'x 16' feet and feature Lionel Fastrack assembled on four 4' x 8' tables.

I thought greatly about covering the top of the tables with some carpet, which will not only reduce the noise the trains make, but also cover the look of the tables and the edges where they butt up against each other. Not to mention the unsightly wires for the trains and accessories.

I've seen quite a few people use different types of carpeting, both for permanent and temporary layouts, but not sure where to start looking. I was thinking of using a dark blue-green carpet like TM Books & Video used for their videos in the late 90's because I really like the look of it:

I'm not looking to spend much money since it'll be a temporary thing, but please let me know what you'd recommend for an example like this.

 

Thomas

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Although I graduated from carpet centrals some time ago, from experience, I would suggest something with a short pile, such as a Berber. If you have a carpet store or big box store (Home Depot, Lowe’s) near you, check to see if they have any remnants for sale - they tend to be cheaper.

Since you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you might also want to consider carpet tiles.

Paul

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I used cheap carpeting off the roll at HD that had a built-in pad.  Does a good job of keeping the sound down.  Not that easy to get a good seam but gets the job done.  It's been several years so not sure if they still stock it or if it comes in green.  Mine is grey-brown.  Here's a picture of the edge where you can see the white pad.

Don

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Richie C. posted:

You could also look at so-called "indoor/outdoor" carpet at the big box stores. It probably won't have as good sound deadening as a remnant, but might be a cheaper alternative.

Richie has a good point... but if you do use “indoor/outdoor” carpet, you might consider adding 1” of pink or blue foam underneath for sound deadening.

Paul

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I am in a club that does temporary Fastrack layouts in many locations on folding tables.  We have covers of 1/8" felt(?) with cloth curtains down to the floor fitted on each table. The sound is reasonable with these covers.

Russell, Msgt, USAF, Ret. 

Maine 3 Railers

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