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Bachmann Track Base Firmness

Lakshmi models HO scale and asks:

“I have set up my tracks on a strengthened glass platform (very firm and not soft). Will there be a problem of bounce and derailment, due to the firmness of the base?”

2 Responses to Bachmann Track Base Firmness

  • David Stokessays:

    On glass – that’s a new one on me. I would get a sheet of rubber on the glass, then set the track onto plywood or MDF. Better still, ditch the glass. Apart from being highly brittle with a tendency to break, is bouncy and noisy.

  • Frank Bsays:

    As your glass is very solid, there will be little bounce from it due to the weight of a small model train.

    I would expect some noise, but rubber pads under the glass may be sufficient to suppress this.
    Try it out, but be ready to add felt, rubber or some vibration absorbent material under the track if needed.

    Are you intending to glue the track to the glass permanently ? It will need something to stop it slipping around, possibly double-sided tape.

    You can obtain rolls of thick transparent removable double-sided adhesive tape in various widths, which would deaden sound and hold your track in place (sometimes called “nano tape”).
    (This is sold for sticking things to wall tiles in bathrooms and kithens.)

    I would be fascinated to see this set up. Please would you add a picture of it to this thread ?

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