Rubber for roadbed?

Rubber for roadbed?

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:30 am

Has anyone tried rubber strips for roadbed? Not foam - rubber. If so, what is your opinion? And what is it like vs cork?
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Re: Rubber for roadbed?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:04 am

ConducTTor wrote:Has anyone tried rubber strips for roadbed? Not foam - rubber. If so, what is your opinion? And what is it like vs cork?

I tried some of those prefab rubber roadbed strips with my last HO scale layout and it did no work out so well, it was noisier than Woodland Scenic's foam roadbed, and proved to be not as flexible. I did like it better than cork roadbed though.
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Re: Rubber for roadbed?

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:12 am

AngrySailor302 wrote:
ConducTTor wrote:I did like it better than cork roadbed though.


Can you elaborate please - what did you like better?
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Re: Rubber for roadbed?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:10 am

ConducTTor wrote:
AngrySailor302 wrote:
ConducTTor wrote:I did like it better than cork roadbed though.


Can you elaborate please - what did you like better?


Not a problem.

This is my order of preference for roadbed materials that I have used thus far, from most preferred to least preferred:

1.) Woodland Scenics foam roadbed material (both strips and sheets). 2.) Homasote 3.) Rubber roadbed strips 4.) Cork 5.) Layered ballast and glue only
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Re: Rubber for roadbed?

Postby CaTTwoman281 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:43 pm

Even worse is the rubber roadbed that is supposed to be pre-glued, where you remove the wax tape from it and it is supposed to stick to the track and to the layout. The track side lets loose after the first train trip, and the layout side loses it's grip once the rubber dries out.
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Re: Rubber for roadbed?

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:43 pm

CaTTwoman281 wrote:Even worse is the rubber roadbed that is supposed to be pre-glued, where you remove the wax tape from it and it is supposed to stick to the track and to the layout. The track side lets loose after the first train trip, and the layout side loses it's grip once the rubber dries out.


That sux. I'll be using silicone on both sides (layout and track) of whatever I decide to use.
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Re: Rubber for roadbed?

Postby railtwister » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:45 pm

I seem to recall an article from Model Railroader Magazine in recent years about using rubberized carpet underlayment (like that sold at Home Depot or Lowes) for roadbed, probably in HO scale. It included info on making a fixture to cut the roadbed into strips.

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Re: Rubber for roadbed?

Postby ConducTTor » Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:25 pm

railtwister wrote:I seem to recall an article from Model Railroader Magazine in recent years about using rubberized carpet underlayment (like that sold at Home Depot or Lowes) for roadbed, probably in HO scale. It included info on making a fixture to cut the roadbed into strips.

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Those are the kinds of things I'm thinking about. Anything that is mostly soft rubber.
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