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Old question, request update.
Posted by traindaddy1 on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 7:10 PM

Yes, an "old" question. Based on your recent experience, what brand or type of grass mat would you recommend for the layout? Examples: Woodlands Readygrass - Bachmann - Other

PLEASE: I know that these mats are not a "favorite" of many (Like "I wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole" and "I'd rather just paint the board green") so I respectfully ask for your recent experience with grass mats.

As always, many thanks.


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Posted by rtraincollector on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 7:19 PM

Traindaddy goto Home depot and go to there carpet area, there is a very inexpensive carpet that works great as grass, they also make a tan color, as in ground color, which I happened to get. I figure I can spay paint it green where I need/want it green 

here is the tan on my layout as I'm just starting to build

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Posted by Bob Keller on Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:11 AM

I recently bought a large Woodland Scenics grass mat for photos.works fine for me.

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Posted by anjdevil2 on Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:07 PM

Being the cheapskate, er, I mean the frugal hobbiest, I find grassmats on clearance, like LeMax and Department 56 after Christmas or even Halloween sales.  I do have enough to do the grassy areas on my layout and they do look pretty good, so far.


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Posted by KRM on Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:09 PM

I did not want to ruin the whole layout by skimping on the grass but like many I had second thoughts on mats. In the end I went with two shades of Woodland Scenics RG5124 Summer Grass and RG5132 Spring Grass put on top of 1/4" fanfold styrofome insulation. I covered the table with the fanfold insulation then applied the grass on top. This killed the noise issues and provided a nice soft surface for the grass mat. Then I used trim around the edges to hold it in place and trim it out. here is something like what I used.


 Here are some pictures of it and it on the table.

Early in the build.


 Used this for the pond, LEMAX Ocean Display Mat 18"x48" # 14621






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Posted by Penny Trains on Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:27 PM

I started with the board painted dark green...

Then I used a spray construction adhesive to apply a Woodland Scenics Ready Grass mat....

Then I ballasted and added popsicle stick ties...

And finally I started returfing the entire board as rips and other damage happened to the mat.

Compare the surface near the tracks with the small plot Santa is mounted to which was made from a scrap of the original mat.

That's about an 8 year transition from "painted board" to "a bit more realistic".

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Posted by traindaddy1 on Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:51 PM

Thank you, so much, for your replies AND those great pictures.

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