How to Make a Train Track Table

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How to Make a Train Track Table
The train track table is easy to start and fun to refine over time. (Model Train Bridge image by czbrat from

For the train enthusiast, assembling a model train track table will keep freight in the miniature world moving. If you lay your track directly on the floor or a carpet, then dust and debris can get caught in small working parts of your set, causing unwanted consternation. A model train track table will place your layout on display while keeping working the parts in top shape. The table is semi-permanent and allows for variations in layout as your layout expands and changes.

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Things you need

  • Rubberised mat
  • Rigid foam core
  • Track nails
  • Tracks
  • Scenery accessories (optional)

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  1. 1

    Cut the foam core to fit the top of the table or any other desired dimension with the rubberised non-slip mat utilised to prevent slippage.

  2. 2

    Place the rubberised mat on the table and lay the foam core on top of it. The foam core is a type of rigid poster board.

  3. 3

    Lay the track on the foam core in the desired configuration.

  4. 4

    Fasten the track to the foam core using the track nails.

  5. 5

    Decorate the foam core using felt, paint and such scenery accessories as stations or buildings.

Tips and warnings

  • In determining the desired size for your table, take into account such factors as its long-term placement and the amount of track you'd like to lay. With regard to sizing for the amount of track, consider if you'd like elaborate turns and switches, or a simple landscape track that would encircle a main feature.
  • Track design can be changed over time by repositioning the track and reapplying track nails.

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