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On my past layout, i was given a roll of sheet cork for free. So I used that cork for my roadbed. I created a couple jigs so I could cut out the appropriate width for roadbed, and in yard/industrial areas I used that cork on top of a plywood base.
So in planning my new layout, I intend on using cork roadbed again, depending on area on foam or plywood base. Looking at Midwest products cork roadbed (HO), looks like on one site it is $27.99 for 25 3/16" x 1-3/4" x 36" pieces, or $1.11 per piece.
I see at Menards you can buy a 4' x 50' roll of 6mm cork for $123.71. If my math is correct, that is the equivalent of 432 1-3/4" x 36" pieces, or $.28 per piece.
So can someone check my math here? If you are building a large layout, buying that sheet cork and cutting out roadbed seems a lot more economical. Interestingly if you go on ebay there are lots of people selling sheet cork but none are near as cheap as Menards.
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