The rebirth of the Canyon State RR
#46
(06-13-2019, 07:54 PM)BR60103 Wrote: Ballasting is the last thing before tearing the layout apart to move house.  (Youngs's rule)

Seriously, though, I like to run it for a while before ballasting. Most of my scenery is removable from in front of the tracks.

Good point, I like that idea of waiting a bit. On my last layout, I did the ballasting up front, and wound up moving some track afterwards. A most difficult and messy task for sure. My next step is wiring though, and yes, I'm sticking to DC, I don't have the funds nor the patience to convert to DCC. My biggest interest is in creating scenery anyway, running trains is secondary, but still important.
Don (ezdays) Day
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#47
Once the track is down, wired and tested and trains have been run over it in both directions then I ballast.
Mike

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#48
Got a kick out of Amazon. Just did a search for "model railroad ballast", and found that they were selling a bag of ballast without "expert installation" for $7.99. Optional installation was $114.03/unit more though. Awesome That also included reinstalling the light fixture. A real bargain, somebody puts down your track ballast and fixes you florescent lights as well (it's in the description). Waiting

My concern is that after the ballast is down, changes get a bit difficult. But then, wait too long and that's not easy to do either. I'll be a while before I get to that point anyway, I just hope that once I do get it all down, that there are no changes or surprises after that.
Don (ezdays) Day
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#49
(Yesterday, 09:15 AM)ezdays Wrote: Got a kick out of Amazon. Just did a search for "model railroad ballast", and found that they were selling a bag of ballast without "expert installation" for $7.99. Optional installation was $114.03/unit more though. Awesome That also included reinstalling the light fixture. A real bargain, somebody puts down your track ballast and fixes you florescent lights as well (it's in the description). Waiting

My concern is that after the ballast is down, changes get a bit difficult. But then, wait too long and that's not easy to do either. I'll be a while before I get to that point anyway, I just hope that once I do get it all down, that there are no changes or surprises after that.

Don. I glue mine down with a mixture of 50% Elmers white glue and 50% windshield washer fluid. any time I need to lift a section a liberal spray of windex and in 5 minutes the section will lift right out, then I scrape the leftover up and maybe even shop vac whats left.  Ballast so close to the min here is cheap even though they doubled the price from 5 dollars a ton to 10.     
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#50
Wow Charlie, bunches of ballast there. Now, based on what you can buy ballast for I've found it as low as $3.00 (5# for $15) a pound, up to $16.00 (1/2# for $7.99), a pound meaning it can range anywhere from $6,000 to $32,000 a ton. Almost as profitable as selling printer ink.
Don (ezdays) Day
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(Today, 06:23 AM)ezdays Wrote: Wow Charlie, bunches of ballast there. Now, based on what you can buy ballast for I've found it as low as $3.00 (5# for $15) a pound, up to $16.00 (1/2# for $7.99), a pound meaning it can range anywhere from $6,000 to $32,000 a ton. Almost as profitable as selling printer ink.

Or testors paint....
There was enough here, once screened and dried, to do my layout (over 1000 feet of HO, and I donated some to 5 other people. The larger size that wouldn't go through the screen,  was donated for a large Lionel display put on by some friends, and I still have about 10 pounds of HO, and about 100 pounds of fine ( that went through the splatter cover screen) that would be quite nice for N.      Charlie
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#52
I was one of the lucky donees, and the ballast looks great...

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I later picked up some similar material locally, and after screening it, used it near the Mount Forest engine terminal...

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Wayne
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