Base board for 00 gauge layout

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STEVIEBOY1

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Good evening,

As previously mentioned here, I am just getting back into model railways again after a very long break. I am going for 00 Gauge, Hornby/Bachmann etc. The only place I can have a layout is the garage, lucky for me we don't drive a car so there is space there. What would you recommend for a baseboard, Chip board, cork board, plaster board etc or any other suggestions? Many Tks.
 
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STEVIEBOY1

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Thank you both for your replies, I'll take your advice and go down the plywood route. (I must admit when someone advised plasterboard I was rather surprised.) Rgds.
 

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My layout currently under construction uses MDF, very robust however it's rather heavy. If the layout has no need to be moved often then MDF may suit your needs.
 

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Stevieboy,

Before you do go down the Ply/chipboard route have a look at Polyfoam, made by Knauf and sold as Spaceboard, it available in some B&Q and Wickes.

It's light, rigid, and as long as you protect the edges with a strip of 9mm ply and the ends with 12mm ply it'll last a long time, I'm still using some boards made that way from 2 layouts ago. They measure about 20 inches wide by 47 inches long and 2 inches deep, and it is very easy to cut.

Best wishes

Pete
 

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Plasterboard will be heavy and crumbly, your track pins wont even stick down. My suggestion would be ply, but as 142094 says:
Plywood, with a small layer of cork on top.
that is a very good idea as cork is soft and your track pins will stick well into cork.
Ply is very light and thin and durable so that would be your best bet
 

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The best baseboard material by far is "Sundeala" Hobby Board.
This was the same product that I used for the final layout that I built for one of my sons in 1999 and found it a good baseboard to work with, but I ensured that it was well braced all round, as with all previous layouts I had built previously.

I used the services of a local timber merchant to order and deliver the product in 8 foot x 4 foot sheets.
 
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