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Welcome to the Forum. Like you, I have returned recently to railway modelling after a gap of 40 years. The small layout I've built uses sundeala board on a wooden frame. I also use Peco code 100 track and the small Peco pins to hold down it down. I rapidly found it was better to make a 1mm hole through the sleeper first. That way there is much less tendency for the pin to bend or for the sleeper to be distorted.

If you find the 6mm ply to be noisy, some people recommend using a cork base between the track and the ply to act as sound insulation, but this needs the PVA glue technique mentioned in two of the replies above - pins will in effect 'short out' the cork and there will be little noise reduction.
Best wishes for your efforts,
John Webb
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