Tagged With "ballast"

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Screening ballast to size

Traveling Man ·
I visited my local quarry today and brought home about 300 lbs of 1/4” or less stone dust. I purchased a set of sieves for mining and also got the correct grading screens from McMaster Carr with are sized at 12x12 opening and a 20x20 opening. I read on the forums here how to do it and which size to use as ballast, but I cannot find it again. Can someone please help so that I can get started?
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Source for ballast

Kitbasher ·
Does anyone have a good source for inexpensive ballast? I need a lot and at the prices of the major scenery companies, it would cost me a fortune.
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For Sale: MTH Premier Wisconsin Central Ballast Train

Maxrailroad ·
I have a tendency to spend lots of money I don’t have at York, so maybe this time around will be the game changer. I am selling this set to hopefully not go broke again. This set contains MTH 20-20458 Wisconsin Central SD45 in great condition, 6 MTH WC Rapid Discharge hoppers, all in fine condition with a few dings, and an Extended Vision caboose. The smoke stack fell off, but I glued it back on. I have the boxes for all of these, and I can send more pictures if you desire. All sales final,...
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Spreading Ballast

Dan Padova ·
So you want to ballast your tracks. Consider this guy. A bit more labor intensive than "O" gauge track, I would say. https://youtu.be/j7U74g9fUMM
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Re: Lionel 1946 2020 Ballast weight install problem

ADCX Rob ·
It's way too big to fit with the horizontal E-unit and the 671S conversion hardware.
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Re: Lionel 1946 2020 Ballast weight install problem

OriginalMadman ·
Well that is true and also what I found out. Dose anybody make a correct weight for this engine or do I have to modify this one and figure it out myself?
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Re: Lionel 1946 2020 Ballast weight install problem

stew1957 ·
I installed one about 20 years ago. Took some extreme modification of the weight. Total mass of weight was about 60o/o of starting weight. Made pulling slightly better. If I had to do it again I would machine the two rear drivers for a traction tire.
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Re: Lionel 1946 2020 Ballast weight install problem

TeleDoc ·
I think you are trying to accomplish something that isn't meant to be done, without a lot of work involved. Rob included the paperwork for adding the ballast, and you just have to read the FIRST line (to later models, i.e. 1947 and later). The frame for the 1946 version is totally different from the later versions, and although I don't own a 'Smoke Bulb' version, it appears that you don't have the needed area to drill and tap holes in the frame to attach it. The Smoke bulb would have to be...
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Re: Lionel 1946 2020 Ballast weight install problem

Johnsgg1 ·
Time for a layer of 'Bullfrog Snot' on the rear drivers.
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Re: Lionel 1946 2020 Ballast weight install problem

ADCX Rob ·
No. Yes. Or, to simplify the task and achieve your desired results, just use the tape-a-weights we used to balance mag wheels - they are readily available quite reasonably at Harbor Freight or on eBay .
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Re: Lionel 1946 2020 Ballast weight install problem

OriginalMadman ·
I did forget to mention that engine already has the smoke unit upgrade done to it. These engines really do need the extra weight added up front. with the boiler body off the frame it almost tips by itself towards the rear. So its really just being driven on the 2 rear drive wheel. I will get this one figured out and post pictures when I'm done. Thanks for all your suggestions. Dave W.
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Re: Ballast for Fastrack?

mike.caruso ·
Same thing...except I used a mixture of the grey and the grey blend.
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Re: Ballast for Fastrack?

ToledoEd ·
Has anyone used Brennan's Better Ballast on Fastback? I saw it at York and am wondering if it's a good fit? I did notice some black stones in the mix which doesn't appear in Fastrack.
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Re: Ballast for Fastrack?

TrainWizard5972 ·
I use it and love it! You can see the results in this video.
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Re: Ballast for Fastrack?

ToledoEd ·
It looks great...thanks for posting. I'm ordering it now. Thanks.
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Re: Ballast for Fastrack?

DennisB ·
Many customers use my ballast with FasTrack just like Trainwizard5972.
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Re: Ballast for Fastrack?

taki53 ·
Woodland scenics. Medium grey. http://woodlandscenics.woodlan...ow/Item/BAL-G/page/1 I used it on mine and it matches pretty good.
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Re: Screening ballast to size

lehighline ·
How to do it: Use the coarsest (biggest holes) screen first. Then run the stuff that falls through that screen through the next smaller size hole. Continue until you run out of screens. I would pick a size that looks right. Generally smaller is better (but not too small!). Chris LVHR
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Re: Screening ballast to size

Big_Boy_4005 ·
# 8 sieve is what I use. It looks like this when it's done.
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Re: Screening ballast to size

modeltrainsparts ·
I did mine years ago with stone dust and made my own sieves. I used what looked right.
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Re: Any Good Way To Ballast HO Flex Track?

Brendan ·
You won't be able to spread glue between the rails/ties. I suggest perusing youtube for tutorials. Brendan
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Re: Any Good Way To Ballast HO Flex Track?

GVDobler ·
No easy way. I have made a cardboard template to spread the ballast evenly across the roadbed. I always pour the diluted Elmer glue mix over the finished job to hold it it place. If you put the glue on first you won't get much ballast attached to glue. Watered down elmers dries clear.
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Re: Any Good Way To Ballast HO Flex Track?

RDGCO.Productions ·
Thank you, so the best is to just leave the rails' middle alone and just do the outer side?
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Re: Any Good Way To Ballast HO Flex Track?

RDGCO.Productions ·
I've heard the best thing to do is put a small layer on the bottom, then ballast, and then another coat to let it all stick together while the bottom hold it in place, would that work?
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Re: Any Good Way To Ballast HO Flex Track?

Brendan ·
You really need to just watch someone do it. It is easy. Tedious, but easy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svu_nKj74qc Brendan
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Re: Any Good Way To Ballast HO Flex Track?

RDGCO.Productions ·
Thank you for the video, it'll come in handy when I start Ballasting tommorow.
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Re: Weekend at the Movies 9/23/16?

SDIV Tim ·
Night Time Challenger operating on the San Diego 3-Railers Layout
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Re: Weekend at the Movies 9/23/16?

CNJ 3676 ·
An NS eastbound on the Lehigh Line of Conrail Shared Assets at New Market in Piscataway Township, NJ: Bob
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Re: Weekend at the Movies 9/23/16?

BANDOB ·
Here's a video clip that is more for sound that what you see. Whistling through Dixie from my roomette on Amtrak's Silver Meteor last Monday night. Turn up the volume!
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Re: Weekend at the Movies 9/23/16?

SDIV Tim ·
Another Video, In this video has steam engines except for that blasted KATY!!!!
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Re: Ballast

Number 90 ·
To answer your question at the top of this thread, No. And my reason is that I am not looking for a constant maintenance project. I would be up on the table maintaining loose ballast all the time, if I had it. You can try it if you want, but I don't recommend it unless you have a very small layout. Also, I would not recommend kitty litter under any circumstance. Scale rock from Brennan's looks the best and is scale size. A lot of other products will give you ballast rocks the size of scale ...
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Re: Ballast

SJC ·
When I had a ballasted layout, I glued everything. Occasionally, there would be a loose piece and it would ALWAYS find it's way into the engine gears. Never again. I'll go indoor/outdoor carpet, stone spray paint, or plastic roadbed track.
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N&W Class J ·
I would never leave it loose, it will become a constant maintenance project.
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Re: Ballast

Jushavnfun ·
Thanks everyone for your expertise
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Re: Ballast

Avanti ·
Heh. I guess "ballast" threads are to model railroad sites as "oil" threads are to car enthusiast sites.
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Re: Ballast

Laidoffsick ·
What Number90 said
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Re: Ballast

RPerras ·
Any thought or methods on removing ballast that has been glued down?
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Re: Ballast

Railrunnin ·
Funny, I had a modest size (14 x 16) layout and did not glue any of the ballast. Never had a problem. My maintenance consisted of using a small paintbrush every 6 months to keep it perfect. Took all of ten minutes. The obvious advantages are NOT spending all that time gluing it down, and absolutely no mess or problem when changing track plans or packing it up. Serious time savings! Paul
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Re: Ballast

Terry Danks ·
When ballasting time came, I had trouble getting "real" model ballast and began using kitty litter. I found the litter pretty satisfactory in every respect but one. It cracked a lot when put down in larger areas, like a yard. No big deal really. After I was into it, I was able to procure Brennan's product. yes, much better although I am, in no way, unhappy with the "Kitty Litter Division" of my layout. Glued down was my preference. No opinion on leaving it loose although definitely...
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Re: Ballast

Jim Berger ·
i have mine not secured.....has yet to be a problem...
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Re: Ballast

NYC Z-MAN ·
Run away as fast as you can from this idea. It will ultimately end up in the running gear of your locomotives.
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Re: Ballast

AlanRail ·
Real Ballast doesn't end up in the running gear of locomotives because it's real heavy. Scale ballast is light and sometimes has dust that could get into the moving parts.
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Re: Ballast

Avanti ·
Loose ballast is not a big problem, as long as you sift your kitty litter so only the large uniform pieces are used. That said, a light dusting of cheap hairspray or dilute white glue will add to stability without undue permanence. [N.B.: The "kitty litter" reference is a lighthearted joking tweak directed toward the expensive-ballast enthusiasts. ]
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Re: Ballast

paul 2 ·
I have always glued my ballast down. But I knew a person that was a real engineer and on his layout which I believe at the time was tinplate track he would periodically take a brush and sort of brush the ballast back to the track. His explanation to me was that in real railroading ballast eventually moves down with the passing of trains. To each their own my preference is to glue and I use rubber ballast just in case a piece may make it into the gears.......Paul
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Re: Ballast

Bob ·
I glue my ballast as well. However I also have a good friend with a large layout who leaves his loose. It's real limestone ballast and he's been running for about 15 years now with loose ballast very close to the greasy gears on his diesel wheels yet does not have problems.
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NJCJOE ·
When I had temporary layouts, I used to use loose ballast all the time. Other than having to brush it back into place once in a while I never had any other issues. It would move from the vibration of the trains.
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Re: Tips and Tricks for Ballasting Your Layout

romiller49 ·
Max, what a Hoot. Keep up the good work. Loved it. Rod Miller
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Re: Tips and Tricks for Ballasting Your Layout

N&W Class J ·
That was a good time, funny...keep up the good work.
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Re: Tips and Tricks for Ballasting Your Layout

DennisB ·
Very funny, Max. Keep up the great work! Nice ballast, by the way!
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Re: Tips and Tricks for Ballasting Your Layout

OGR CEO-PUBLISHER ·
Great video Max....I also commented on your YouTube site. Very glad to have a guy like you here on the Forum!! Alan
 
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