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Mister Rusty

Ahjay will be shouting at us, what's this got to do with ballast?
Happy memories, though.

With regard to the topic, I am just about to ballast Buchshee.
The layout uses autumnal effects, so I guess that it'll be 50 shades of grey, to give that weak, washed out cloud/sun effect.
Pete

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Bunkerbarge
I'm just about to ballast a track which runs through a gas works so an entirely different effect is required to the mainline.  I'm also going to be looking at different effects around the coke loading and the coal unloading area and the tar loading will be a one off.

I'm really enjoying working out the possibilities though.
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Mister Rusty
BB,
Car number plate and badge tape is very effective as an underlay.
I buy it in 50mm width off fleabay lay it roughly where l want the track and press the track into it. A bit of weight helps permanency, so only apply when happy that the track is where you want. Then apply ballast and press it firmly down, covering the sleepers [don't panic, Captain Mainwaring].
Now, vacuum away all the loose ballast and you'll find a shallow ballast bed, exposing much more of the sleepers is left behind, in my view looking very much like the effect of a light railway.
[photos to follow, started this on my desk-top, photos from tablet, it's easiest].
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Mister Rusty
Here they are

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As a comparison, my original ballast , as you can see, it is flush, over-ballasted in my opinion for a branch-line, but the Feochan Loch Preservation Society accepted an offer from Yeoman Aggregates to be a training site for their operatives (guess who has a class 59).
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Incidentally, the track pin is not my work, I fix my track down with Superglue, if not using my tape idea. 🙃🙄
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Bunkerbarge
Hi Pete, thanks for the suggestion but this area is a one off and doesn't conform to the norm.  The track is going directly onto 3mm ply to bring it to the same height at the main line, which is on 3mm cork, but then I have no room left for underlay, so this area isn't going to have any!  The ballast will simply be laid around the sleepers and glued, pretty much to the same level across the entire area.  I may well add some filler and more ply to raise some parts slightly but the track will have to remain at this level.  From what I have seen of pictures around yards there are many examples where the ballast is just about indistinguishable and the rails seem to stick out above a compacted surface of coal, ash, grime and muck covering and obscuring most of the original ballast.

I do enjoy this part of the modelling, researching the different types of areas and trying to come up with techniques that can recreate them.
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RichardBrighton
This train just passed through Settle station... interesting to look not only at the ballast colours but also how they change when the cloud passes over...
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Mister Rusty
Richard,
Not just the ballast.
Just imagine matching the red paint, the trees and the rust.
Basically, an approximation between the two would be the most accurate in the UK.
It would also satisfy 100% of the critics, every one of their opinions would be right!

😈 If 4 modellers get together, what's the result?
6 different opinions, all 3 are right, the other 2 are wrong and the remaining 7 can't decide. 😏
Well, it amused me.
Pete
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This train just passed through Settle station... interesting to look not only at the ballast colours but also how they change when the cloud passes over...


That's a lot of logs for Fiddler's Ferry!

I have seen a railway done in "The Wet" at a show.  It really did look very eye catching and different.
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