Gluing cork to foam?

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by rogerw, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. Christopher62

    Christopher62 Member

    Good to know Squid. So you're saying that the spikes are long enough to go through the Track Bed and into the foam?
  2. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    It depends on the spikes, obviously, but the foam doesn't hold them by itself as well as cork does.
  3. Christopher62

    Christopher62 Member

    Am I to understand that there are different lengths of spikes for HO scale track?
  4. pgandw

    pgandw Active Member

    There are several different sizes of spikes available. They range from just about exact scale spikes available from Proto87 Stores to spike-shaped things that would scale out to 6" thick. MicroEngineering makes the smallest spikes after Proto87 Stores, and they come in medium, small, and micro sizes. The Proto87 spikes are also available in several sizes.

    From experience with hand laying track, foam doesn't hold spikes at all, and cork isn't very good, either. The preferred materials for spiking into are Homasote, Upson board, sound insulation board, door skin (a thin wood veneer), and Vinylbed. Some have successfully used soft pine and other wood and luaun plywood.

    If you mean track nails by the term "spikes", that's a whole 'nother matter. Again, cork doesn't hold very well over the long term, so you need something firmer underneath to drive the track nails into. But because of foam and the desire to avoid hammering on the layout, glued construction has increasingly come into favor. The cork is glued to plywood or foam, and track glued to the cork. Latex caulk and white glue are the most commonly used glues for this purpose.

    my thoughts, your choices
  5. Christopher62

    Christopher62 Member

    Thanks for the input Fred. Do you think track nails would work with the Woodland Scenics Track Bed? Has anyone else fastened their HO scale track to the Woodland Scenics Track Bed this way and how'd it work? Thank you.
  6. Bigguy

    Bigguy New Member

    I've used both Woodland Scenics foam track bed and Midwest cork track bed. I much prefer the cork. It is easier to make curves, and holds the track nails much better. I recently replaced all of the foam track bed with cork. Since I anticipate changing my current layout, I didn't glue it to the foam base. I used the track nails to fasten the cork track bed to the foam base as well as to fasten the track to the cork track bed. I use mostly Atlas code 83 flex track. It does not come with nail holes. On the back side, there are indentations that can be drilled out to get the nail holes.

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