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Model railroad bench tops made easy with foam

For model train layouts extruded-foam insulation board is more than just a scenery material
Foam roadbed panels
Lance Mindheim has found that extruded foam roadbed panels can easily be glued to traditional open grid benchwork. The foam board can also be laminated to a wide flat surface like a hollow-core door.
Plywood has been the primary material for model railroad bench tops for many years. But in many situations, I’ve found that extruded-foam insulation board is a viable alternative for bench tops built on either flat surfaces or open grids. With proper support, the rigid foam can easily hold anything a modeler may want on a layout.

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