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 Posted: Thu Nov 3rd, 2011 04:00 am
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i've used woodland scenics and I have a couple bags on hand of the real rock ballast. Now my dilemma: How do you ballast 47.5 feet of ho track cheaply?

And of course it has to be weather resistant since it's outdoors.

I read of one guy using tile grout for ballast with n scale. I need something a bit coarser or i'd use the bag of grout I have on hand.



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 Posted: Thu Nov 3rd, 2011 10:52 am
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Have you had a look at BLACK SAND.

Available at Aquarium  suppliers or Landscape outlets.

About $2.00 per pound in Aust.

Or GAP SAND from building suppliers, cheaper still.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 3rd, 2011 02:29 pm
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I had a friend who ballasted an outdoor railroad with screened grit that he collected along rural roads after a winter of the township spreading it on icy or snow covered roads.


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 Posted: Thu Nov 3rd, 2011 02:49 pm
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I use the most expensive ballast there is. I scrape up the fine crushed rock that is in the alley behind the house and in places that I see along the street. Dirt, rock, it pretty much looks the same to me. I don't use dark colors so I stay away from "yard dirt". This is then sifted through the most expensive tea strainer that I can find at the dollar store. I also use the most expensive glue, I buy Titebond 2 or 3 (waterproof) -by the gallon it is cheap,and mix it with water and apply it in the "usual way". Spare no expense and you can do this also. Outside? Surely you jest!
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 Posted: Thu Nov 3rd, 2011 03:56 pm
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Ok straining found materials it is. Actually, I may go up and grab some bags of crushed rock from a railroad cut near me called rainbow gap. It's very colorful with lots of reds and browns so I can pick the color I want.


hmmm free. that's about the price range I was looking for.

I suppose window screen should give me the right grade of ballast.

Thanks for the input everyone.



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