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After many years of having my trains in a box I am becoming active again. I have seen many posts on how loud the Fast Track can be. I am planning on using Fast Track on top of 1/2 inch plywood. Layout will be 7 by 11.  In researching ways to reduce sound I found a cork floor underlayment that I am thinking would be a good sound deadener for the top of my table. What do you think of this application?

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Sean007 posted:

John - anything to fill underneath the fastrack will cut down the noise. Not sure how much the cork costs but I use Sill Sealer from Home Depot.

It comes in a roll that's 5-1/2" wide by 50 feet long. Costs about $ 8.50 a r

Sean007 posted:

John - anything to fill underneath the fastrack will cut down the noise. Not sure how much the cork costs but I use Sill Sealer from Home Depot.

It comes in a roll that's 5-1/2" wide by 50 feet long. Costs about $ 8.50 a roll.owens-corning-accessories-2fs-64_1000

Thank you. I have been out of pocket and just getting back to you. Do you just lay the track on top of the foam? How do you secure the track to the foam? Can you screw through the foam to the table? I am a little uncomfortable  gluing the track to the foam. Do you paint the foam to blend in or just cover it with grass and rock? Thank you again for your reply. You can tell I have a lot to learn.

You can buy sound deadening material at home depot type stores.   Its made to dampen sound : )   I see a big layout on Youtube (search fastrack layouts) and that is what he used.   I plan to use it also when I get to that stage.

Jim

 

Anything can be accomplished, with proper funding. 

John Patrick posted:

After many years of having my trains in a box I am becoming active again. I have seen many posts on how loud the Fast Track can be. I am planning on using Fast Track on top of 1/2 inch plywood. Layout will be 7 by 11.  In researching ways to reduce sound I found a cork floor underlayment that I am thinking would be a good sound deadener for the top of my table. What do you think of this application?

We tried it on the Fastrack modular layout and it does not seem to help at all. The noise is mostly generated by the roadbed and ties themselves acting as a vibrating surface, rather than the traditional way the table makes noise. My thought is that filling the open cavity underneath with RTV will lower the resonant frequency of the roadbed/ties and reduce the sound.

RoyBoy

I have a large Fastrack layout and I probably have about a dozen screws in the whole thing. It just doesn't move. The table is 1/2" plywood, 1" foam, and ceiling tile on top. With four trains running there is no problem carrying on a conversation in a normal tone.

John

Located in the real Upstate NY

John Patrick posted:
Sean007 posted:

John - anything to fill underneath the fastrack will cut down the noise. Not sure how much the cork costs but I use Sill Sealer from Home Depot.

It comes in a roll that's 5-1/2" wide by 50 feet long. Costs about $ 8.50 a r

Sean007 posted:

John - anything to fill underneath the fastrack will cut down the noise. Not sure how much the cork costs but I use Sill Sealer from Home Depot.

It comes in a roll that's 5-1/2" wide by 50 feet long. Costs about $ 8.50 a roll.owens-corning-accessories-2fs-64_1000

Thank you. I have been out of pocket and just getting back to you. Do you just lay the track on top of the foam? How do you secure the track to the foam? Can you screw through the foam to the table? I am a little uncomfortable  gluing the track to the foam. Do you paint the foam to blend in or just cover it with grass and rock? Thank you again for your reply. You can tell I have a lot to learn.

Just lay down the sill sealer then lay the track on top. Screw down the track then use an exacto knife to trim along the edges.

I learned that from someone on one of the forum a few years ago.

Sean

Sean007 posted:
John Patrick posted:
Sean007 posted:

John - anything to fill underneath the fastrack will cut down the noise. Not sure how much the cork costs but I use Sill Sealer from Home Depot.

It comes in a roll that's 5-1/2" wide by 50 feet long. Costs about $ 8.50 a r

Sean007 posted:

John - anything to fill underneath the fastrack will cut down the noise. Not sure how much the cork costs but I use Sill Sealer from Home Depot.

It comes in a roll that's 5-1/2" wide by 50 feet long. Costs about $ 8.50 a roll.owens-corning-accessories-2fs-64_1000

Thank you. I have been out of pocket and just getting back to you. Do you just lay the track on top of the foam? How do you secure the track to the foam? Can you screw through the foam to the table? I am a little uncomfortable  gluing the track to the foam. Do you paint the foam to blend in or just cover it with grass and rock? Thank you again for your reply. You can tell I have a lot to learn.

Just lay down the sill sealer then lay the track on top. Screw down the track then use an exacto knife to trim along the edges.

I learned that from someone on one of the forum a few years ago.

Sean

Thank you

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