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No.4 for me.
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Hello Steve
Have you used any PVA on your ballast test tracks?
I purchased a light grey ballast and it went very dark almost black after gluing it in place with watered down PVA.
I was rather disappointed but learnt to live with it as I had purchased tons of the Stuff and being new to model building at the time I did not think of testing to see if it would change colour when glued in place.
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Puddles wrote: Sun Jun 20, 2021 6:37 pm Hello Steve
Have you used any PVA on your ballast test tracks?
I purchased a light grey ballast and it went very dark almost black after gluing it in place with watered down PVA.
I was rather disappointed but learnt to live with it as I had purchased tons of the Stuff and being new to model building at the time I did not think of testing to see if it would change colour when glued in place.
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Yes Puddles, the usual 50/50 mix on the test pieces. On a previous layout I used a granite sand which took on a slight green tint. I have read that some PVA brands are especially prone to ‘tinting’ which is why I always test now.

Jury is still out on which ballast I use although definitely not no 4 (sorry TWD :D ) it’s far too coarse for OO but I put it in the trial for a reference point. I’m baffled by their description - ‘fine’!!
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I used medium OO on my O gauge. Well that’s what it said on the tin/bag.

I reckon the best way to pick the size is to look at the size of an OO hand. The ballast need to be smaller than that.
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Steve,

No 3 for me all day long...... No 1 is too fine and No 4 too coarse.....No 2 is so-so.

I have a few bags of various ballast that I am happy to send you a sample of, but they tend to be browns rather than greys.

Let me know and I will put some in the post - cheers Richard
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Thanks for the offer Richard but it has to be grey (to match my complexion from too long in the shed :D )

Using the fist size rule, 2 is closest. Further sieving has removed even more fine dust which has made the resultant mix look a lot more respectable. It’s a lot of work but at £2 per kilo it’s worth it.

While sifting my eye roamed along the shelf where I display my locos - a Castle has a new driver. A huge bl@@dy false widow spider which ran off before I could wield the hoover. Now I know it’s watching me. :shock:
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To my very novice eye it's either #2 or #3. Might have to explore the chinchilla sand option.
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Trial, day two.

I put the sand through the sieve again, removing yet more fine grains, then mixed the remaining coarser grains with the bag of Woodland Scenics medium grey - roughly 4:1. Test section no.1 still drying, but I think this is the best mix yet.

Image20210621_160706 by Steve Mumford, on Flickr


And now to introduce Ms. Drusilla Deathstalker who may well have made off with a member of the Castle loco crew.

Image20210621_160852 by Steve Mumford, on Flickr
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#1 is looking good :)
Ms. Drusilla Deathstalker isn't :cry:
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Made a start on the ballasting of the easy sections. Used my patent mix on the rails and the sieved fines for the cess.
Not looking forward to ballasting the junction though. :D

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