Bob’s been in touch again with a great tip on how to ballast model railroad track:
If you want to get up to speed with his layout, here’s his last post:
“Happy Holidays Al,
I am finally decided to start the tedious job of ballasting.
I’ve watch numerous videos of technique and decided on doing it in a four step process:
1)paint the sides of the track with Elmer’s white glue;
2) apply ballast to the sides;
3) let dry for 24 hrs.;
4) ballast the center of the track.
I liked the idea of using a spoon to spread the ballast on the sides, but that requires a steady hand to control the amount of ballast being put down.
Since I am using a mix of fine and medium ballast on my mains, I decided to look for another way of spreading that would give better control.
I have a plastic spreader that rides on the track for doing the top of the track, but that doesn’t do the sides well.
While shopping in a kitchen store for Christmas presents, I saw plastic squeeze bottles like used in restaurants for condiments (ketchup, mustard, etc.) and l got one to try for ballasting. It works great. It allows for good control and you can cut the tip to make it bigger for larger ballast if need be.
Bob in Virginia”
A big thanks to Bob – a grea tip on how to ballast model railroad track
Whenver it comes to ballast, Gary’s Sunnyside Yard layout layout springs to mind.
Some of you put off ballsting as long as you can (as Bob said, it is tedious). And the points / turnouts can drive you mad.
Now a few pics from Eytan.
His last post is here (below Jim’s).
I thought I’d share his latest pics because I do enjoy seeing your layouts when they are nothing short of chaos, because if you’re thinking of making a start, don’t be afraid of the mess. It’s just part of the process:
Now on to Greg, who sent in the below.
It’s not something I’d normally post but there is something mesmerising about time lapse videos:
I’m a longtime reader of your blog. Had a small layout years ago, but it’s long gone, and due to my current living situation (small 1BR apartment), can’t get back into it now.
Anyway, I wanted to send in this brief (1:14) video of a layout that a group of local model railroad folks does every year at our main library here in Columbus, Ohio.
I know that you’re probably flooded with Christmas layouts, and may just limit the posts to layouts done by individuals.
If you can’t post this, no worries, just passing it on. Like I said, they do this every year. The reason I decided to send this year’s video to you is the reaction of the child near the end of the video. Priceless!
I really enjoy reading the blog every day, and appreciate all the hard work you put into it to keep this hobby alive, especially for those of us who can’t have our own layouts anymore.
Best wishes for a happy and peaceful Christmas to you and your family!
Now on to Peter.
He’s sent in this simple question which really did get me thinking. I’d love to know the answer too:
“Hey Big Al…
Love the site and email everyday.
Question : Here in the United States the engineer sits on the right side of the cab. Since you drive on the left side of the road across the pond do your engineers sit on the left side ? Just wondering …
San Jose, CA”
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
Oh, and don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide, if today is the day you start your railroad adventure.