Ballast size

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  1. Alfie

    Alfie Full Member

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    Morning I'm needing some guidance on what size ballast I should be using on O gauge track.
    Any advice will be greatly appreciated.:thumbup:
     
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    Walkingthedog Full Member

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    I use OO ballast on my O gauge. When I had an OO layout I used N ballast.
     
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    Kimbo Staff Member Moderator

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    There’s lots of options depending on the final result you want to achieve, I’ve found the best sized options as follows.

    1)OO gauge ballast mixed with fine sand is a good option. General running lines with shoulders
    2)Any of the medium mixed with fine shop bought ballasts will also give good results. General running lines , sidings.
    3)Fine paving sand mixed with weathering powders. Sidings, industrial areas and engine shed sidings where only a small amount of visible sleeper is required.

    Lord Street depot was done with paving sand and black / white weathering powders, and the running loops used a mix of three woodland scenic ballasts in the med-fine range.

    I’m sure other members will give you their preferred sizes and types of product to use
    Kim
     
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  4. Alfie

    Alfie Full Member

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    Thank you Brian and Kim for replying to my question.:thumbup:
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    As Kimbo says, it depends on what type of railway you want to portray. As you are using a trap point it would be a secondary line, a siding or something similar so I'd suggest a fine ballast, maybe N scale or sand.

    Pete.
     
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  6. Chris Doroszenko

    Chris Doroszenko Lost in the spare room Full Member

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    50mm aggregate...is what I see...but I like what you guys are saying about siding and yard fines.
    Cheers

    Unit converter says...

    N... 0.3mm
    HO/OO... 0.6mm
    O... 1.1mm
     
  7. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    I've used fine silica sand (used in fish tank filters), mixed with grout to simulate ash ballast often found in goods yards and some scottish stations - Perth - during the steam period.

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    Paul
     
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