Ballast Size - Is This 'Bout Right?

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Lighthorseman, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Before I glue down any ballast, I'd like your opinions. Have a look at the picture below. Does the size of the ballast look correct? For O scale, these pieces are between 2 and 3 1/2 inches in size.

    They look fine to me, but...what do I know??:rolleyes:

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  2. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

    Great picture :thumb:

    To me it looks just about right. I wouldn’t go any bigger.

    As a kid I used to walk on the rail (like all kid do ;) ) and I remember the ballast was pretty big. One "rock" would be the size of my hand. The ballast came from a quarry which used to be underwater millions of years ago:D all the rocks had fossil of snails and fish in it. I think I still have one somewhere....

  3. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    It looks good to me. I think you should have a bit of finer ballast mixed in.
  4. K.V.Div

    K.V.Div Member

    Looks OK to me and the effect is good:thumb:
    Full sized railroads generally ballast with what is most easily available, such as crushed rock (generally crushed to 2 inches), pit run (gravel straight up from a pit), cinders, mine tailings, etc.
    A lot of narrow gauge lines (and a few standard gauge ones as well) often neglected the ballast, particularly during their final years of operation to the point that you would have to look pretty hard to find it anywhere near the tracks:rolleyes: and weeds would tend to be the most prominent feature around the rails.

  5. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Thanks For The Input!

    Much appreciated! This is a section of the "mainline", which is a simulated three-foot gauge. While the mainline will not be quite this well ballasted, it will be indicative of a reasonably solvent railway. The "branchline", however, will be a totally different story! The branchline will be an actual thirty-inch gauge, and living eternally on the ragged edge of fiscal ruin. Ballast will, for all intents and purposes, be all but non-existant on the branch. Dirt, occaisional cinders, and weeds will make up the roadbed for the branchline.

    Thanks for the differing sizes idea, David. I'll certainly be including that.

    Looking forward to this aspect of modelling. :)
  6. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Judging from what I see around here, about any size is OK, and you can add fines and even dust, as long as it's Indiana lime stone! :D :D :D Oh, wait, everywhere is not IN :confused:

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