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Non Slip Train Tracks?

Does anyone have pointers for stabilizing train tracks on a smooth wooden table? When the kids play with our winter village setup they slide all over the place, into buildings, etc.

I’m looking for a solution short of going full baseplates across the table. Thinking some type of rubber feet that would be compatible with the track bottoms, or like rubberized 8x2 plates that could be placed at intervals around the track. Is anyone aware of something like that?



  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,537
    How about some of that rubbery stuff for the inside of kitchen drawers? If you get white it will add a snowy look too.
  • iso3200iso3200 Member Posts: 2,065
    edited December 2018
    Strategically placed blutak under a few of the sleepers?

    Edit: Also available in white.
  • ShibShib Member Posts: 5,459
    Is a tablecloth too obvious a suggestion? 
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,760
    Yeah, you want to be careful with some of these products to apply to plastics as you do not really know what it can do to LEGO plastic over time (I guess unless you are a chemist, or one is here in the forum).
  • itsnotmeitsnotme Member Posts: 126
    edited December 2018
    Thanks all for the suggestions thus far. Tablecloth hasn't worked well in the past as it gets bunched up, pulled, and makes it a little tougher to do the periodic arm-sweep-clean (these kids are hard on Lego).

    Might give Blu Tak a shot. That's a low cost approach that would also allow the tracks to stay almost flush with the table. Even if it discolors the bottom of the track pieces over time it might be worth it.
  • HugeYellowBrickHugeYellowBrick Member Posts: 496
    I'd be more worried about what Blutak might do to the table.
  • M1J0EM1J0E Member Posts: 644  Could the tape work?  I’m not sure how permanent it is, having never used it, but you could always use command strips to stick it down to the table as well.  
  • sid3windrsid3windr Member Posts: 1,460
    Was just going to suggest the Mayka tape, too when I started reading the topic.

    To be fair my first suggestion was a few nails in the table (as there are holes in the tracks to keep them together with the pin they come with) but then I figured it's probably not a permanent lego table :-D
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    How many plates do you have? You could put plates under each piece of track, and longer ones where you want the buildings so they stick out. Then you can attach the buildings to those. That way, if the track moves, the buildings also move.
  • MrShinyAndNewMrShinyAndNew Member Posts: 283
    I would go with CCC's suggestion. Strategically attach a few heavy buildings to the track with a bit of landscaping. Also consider putting 2x4 plates or tiles on all the joins between track segments to reduce flexing of the unsecured parts.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    I assume this "smooth wooden table" is a dining room table? There are holes in the tracks, so you can mount them with screws if you want to create a more permanent layout...Not on your dining table of course ;)
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Member Posts: 3,729
    What's more important- the dining room table or LEGO? There's only one correct answer!
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Member Posts: 3,729
    By the way, my dining table is covered with LEGO. I have to push it back to eat there! No screw holes... not yet...
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    By the way, my dining table is covered with LEGO. I have to push it back to eat there! No screw holes... not yet...
    I have Joker Manor and Hogwarts Express on mine. 
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda Member Posts: 1,295
    I think there's a table somewhere under all my Lego. I'm not sure what kind, though.
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Member Posts: 3,729
    Ewok Village... City of Stiix... Porg... Resistance Bomber and X-Wing... Pizza Van... various loose parts and minifigs... I need a bigger table!
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