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Offline Derek King

Ash Ballast
« on: Mar 26 2009 14:38 »
Further to the subject on Ballast, can anyone recommend a way of representing Ash Ballast in G3 as favoured by many of the Pre-Group Railways. As this will be for a proposed "small" indoor shunting layout I don't need to worry about cats!, though others may be interested to know what could be used outside too.

Regards,

Derek.




Offline John Candy

Re: Ash Ballast
« Reply #1 on: Mar 31 2009 20:16 »
Derek,

I have been away for a week so have only just read your message.
A few years ago I came across a recipe for 'Rowlands Mix' on an E-group site run by the 16mm NG brigade.
I saved the messages since it sounded like a useful mix.
It involves sand, cement and ash (or sifted peat as an alternative) in varying proportions, according to preference. It is laid dry and sprayed to cure the mix. The advantages claimed include that it can be used to bury sleepers flush with the surface, is strong enough to withstand weather and hold the track in position and, if used outdoors, promotes the growth of moss.

If it is of interest, I will post more details in the Members' section of the website.

Regards,
John.
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Offline Derek King

Re: Ash Ballast
« Reply #2 on: Apr 02 2009 10:05 »
John,

Thanks for your 'recipe', certainly sounds like the ideal method if I ever venture into the Garden. But, as a 'railway modeller' up-sizing from 0-Gauge, my plan is to build a small(?) semi-portable scenic "Shunting Puzzle" layout and therefore I'm looking for something a bit lighter than sand & cement.

In the absence of any other ideas, after a trip to York MRS, I plan to investigate the use of "Green Scene's" 7mm Black Ash, bulked up with small scale granite ballast. If this is successful on the wagon display shelf I'm building I will report back to the Forum.

Regards,

Derek.