My tip is to use sanded tile grout for ballast you can get black grout and grey grout and mix them to the color you want grout comes in many colors.
If the grout is too fine mix some sand in with, it if you do add sand you will have to glue it down without the sand all the grout needs is water.Haven’t tried this but N scale you could mix sanded grout (floor grout) with non sanded grout (wall grout). I’m in the states and grout is cheap sanded grout comes in 25lb bags wall grout In smaller bags . So you should have plenty off grout left for friends
“Started this with one idea in mind – mining and lumber mill – then added a reverse track for a little pusher car to go in and out of the mine, then added the first raised track, then the second, then another reverse track going from the mine drop-off to the processing shed, and on and on. 5 trains running on one piece of plywood!
“A dear friend of mine passed away at only 62 years young. He was a Navy Vietnam Vet, a representative for JR/Horizon Hobbies, and judged at the FAI flying level for many years. Paul Giles was an avid hobbyist. He won many awards for things he built. His favorite was building sophisticated scale boats and helicopters. Paul was an excellent builder, a perfectionist, and loved buying the best and latest gadgets. If you were ever at the AMA Heli Nationals, IRCHA, or the Toledo Show you might know him – he was a great guy!
In saying that, I’m helping his wife sell his awesome hobby stuff which consists of several helis, boats, cars, trains, and collections of everything unique. I will present it the best I can here on ebay.
That’s all folks – please do keep ’em coming. If you’ve got a layout – half built or beautifully finished – we’d all love to see it.
Just email me and I’ll do the rest. Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.