I would assume the western red cedar should work too Helmut.
Wood ties outdoors are not the best choice normally. Given Ralph has been able to keep balsa together for decades with his ballast mix says something for the method.
Hehe - yes, opinions are like - well you know what. Everyone has one. But that is valuable to me at least, plus there are quite a few people here that have vast amounts of experience and have tried some if not a lot of the things I was/am considering.
Ultimately I have to make the decision for myself, and lay blame on no other for my choices. For instance I was all gung ho On30 and bought track and locos. But that in itself was a learning experience. On30 is too small for me and how I want to set up my layout (outdoors).
So live and learn as they say. My locos are now up on eBay for sale and I might even make money on them as I really did get good deals. The switches ill go up for sale this weekend. I am also very happy with my direction now being O gauge, I do not have any trepidation about the size of rolling stock, conducting operations with potentially ham fisted non-model railroad friends, etc. Things may go slower due to cost of rolling stock, but I am OK with that too as long as I get *something* up and running soonish.
BTW Kitbash - I like your tag line "Screw the rivets, I'm building for atmosphere". Awesome, and pretty much how I feel about what I am trying to do!
Getting input is good in that things which didn't occur to you can come up. Plus, sort of "thinking out loud" and bouncing ideas around can help settle the direction.
There's always the possibility that a participant or lurker might see something, "Oh I hadn't though of that!" Or, "Ya know, that's kinda what I was thinking and couldn't pin words on." Or, "Seeing them work that idea out, nah, it doesn't sound as right for me as it did while having my midnight snack yesterday."
____________________ See y'all later, Forrest. Screw the rivets, I'm building for atmosphere