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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #45 on: April 28, 2018, 12:13:46 pm »
If I decided to use sand where can I buy it from and does it come in different colours??????

Oh yes you can get nice clean and dry fine sand in all sorts of colours, for art purposes (like filling glass objects with multi coloured layers). Have you got an art and craft shop nearby?   

Ebay has literally tons of the stuff for art and modelling / wargaming purposes. 

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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #46 on: April 28, 2018, 12:51:54 pm »
I,m coming to Aussie for my holidays this year so might do the same.

Nice fine stuff in the dunes and you can paint it any colour you want. I think we can spare half a jam jar.

That's probably more than you're ever going to need anyway.  ;) :beers:
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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #47 on: April 28, 2018, 12:54:51 pm »
How big are your jam jars?

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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #48 on: April 28, 2018, 12:59:57 pm »
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Same as yours, mate. Just keeping the environmentalists happy  :thumbsup:

Seriously, I filled a jar up with sand from our local beach in 1977, and it's still sitting under my layout half full.  :beers:
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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #49 on: April 28, 2018, 02:07:06 pm »
If you have a local pet shop pop down and ask if they have some Chinchilla sand and have a look at it. I believe that is extremely fine!

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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #50 on: April 30, 2018, 05:02:01 pm »
I started ballasting my track but was told it was much to big although it was fine, I,d glued some of it down but then removed it all, sinse then parts of my track does not work including parts that had not been ballast and then other parts work fine.

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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #51 on: April 30, 2018, 06:00:13 pm »
That's really frustrating!

Possibly the removing of the ballast has caused the fishplates to come away from the rail(s).

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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #52 on: May 16, 2018, 09:20:13 pm »
I tried chinchilla sand ( its c&%p ) it goes like a horrible mush so I,ve ordered fine gray woodland scenics ballast to see if that's any different. Hope it is cos its bloody expensive. Any comments welcome.

    PS someone suggested buggie seed sieved !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #53 on: May 16, 2018, 10:02:20 pm »
I,ve ordered fine gray woodland scenics ballast to see if that's any different. Hope it is cos its bloody expensive. Any comments welcome.

Yep, that's what I've used since the mid 90s. Does the job for me.
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Re: First time ballasting
« Reply #54 on: May 17, 2018, 09:05:55 am »
You actually use Buggie seed ?

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