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Weathering / ballasting pre-ballasted tracks
« on: November 05, 2018, 07:26:14 pm »
Dear everyone,

It's a great pleasure to join this online community.

I'm fairly new to model railway and have been experimenting with different trains over the past few months. I've finally decided to build my first layout based on continental railway, mainly because I'm so impressed with the few Fleischmann locomotives I acquired.

I'm planning to use Fleischmann pre-ballasted set tracks for the layout. While I quite like the convenience offered by these tracks, I'm not entirely sure about the looks of the ballasts. I wonder whether there is a way to weather, or even ballast, these tracks so that they can look more realistic.

Any suggestions?

Many thanks

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Re: Weathering / ballasting pre-ballasted tracks
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2018, 07:33:37 pm »
Welcome Dawei

Not sure of any examples with Fleischmann track but there are some with Kato track which could surely read across.

Nemo's "Somewhere in the West Country" goes all the way with ballast:

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=14255



For my "Lofthole" layout (see link below) I have gone for a lighter approach, just spraying "track dirt" on the track.



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Re: Weathering / ballasting pre-ballasted tracks
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2018, 09:03:04 pm »
Thank you for putting me on the right ‘track’. The tracks and ballasting in these photos look amazing! I’ll spend some time reading through the posts.

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Re: Weathering / ballasting pre-ballasted tracks
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2018, 09:49:38 pm »
Hi Dawei, and welcome to the forum :wave:
I don't know about Fleischmann track but Kato do ballast 'infill' sections for between the tracks so maybe Fleischmann do the same?

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Re: Weathering / ballasting pre-ballasted tracks
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2018, 11:53:32 pm »
G'day from Australia, Dawei, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Weathering / ballasting pre-ballasted tracks
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2018, 05:13:31 am »
You can use inverted cork/ foam underlay to fill the gap between Kato tracks - see Unitrack Hints here:

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?board=131.0

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Re: Weathering / ballasting pre-ballasted tracks
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2018, 06:00:38 pm »
Fleischmann do (or did) loose ballast for this purpose.

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Re: Weathering / ballasting pre-ballasted tracks
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2018, 11:35:29 pm »
Fleischmann do (or did) loose ballast for this purpose.

so do kato, but there is also a DIY (from commercial ballast) recipe in the Kato Unitrack hints thread
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Re: Weathering / ballasting pre-ballasted tracks
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2018, 11:32:53 pm »
I'v posted this picture before in another thread, but it fits here: my picture of a piece of 'pure Kato' double track in Switzerland:



and here’s some DB track looking incredibly like Kato Unitrack, that I photted near München in 2015:

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