What do i lay model railway track on?

So you have decided to make a start in the world of model railways now you ask “What do i lay model railway track on?”

Model railway track should be laid on at least a track mat if it comes from a starter set, ideally you need to have a base board thats fairly solid and level. If your skilled enough you can make up a basic base board with a large sheet of ply and some 2×1 to make a frame to keep it level and solid. if your not up to that, then a number of companies have some laser cut flat pack examples available off the shelf for you to buy, or they can even do a custom design if you wanted.

Once you have your base board some modellers use a thin cork underlay below the track, there are also foam rolls available (generally in oo) this is used in an attempt to deaden the sound of a rumbling train, however there is much debate as to the effectiveness of these. However it does help to provide a realistic shoulder for ballast.

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About North Western Models


At North Western Models we believe that it’s the detail that brings a model railway to life.

North Western Models was established in 2015 by Kevin Colley and Christopher Gore as an online model shop based in Stockport, Cheshire. Initially dealing with high quality detailing accessories and kits, North Western Models prides itself in serving the model railway community to promote the notion that detailing helps to bring a model railway to life.

Kevin and Christopher have a lifelong passion with railways in general and also with model railways. Between them, they have planned, built and exhibited a number of layouts in 00 and N gauge at various local model shows. Kevin and Christopher regularly attend a number of exhibitions each year, either trading as North Western Models or with one of their layouts which is currently on the exhibition circuit.

Kevin Colley, North Western Models Co-founder
Kevin Colley, North Western Models Co-founder