Ok, so I'm just making this topic to ask the fourm if you all have a specific and effective way of ballasting flex track and Cork roadbed. I was just visiting a closing Railroad shop not too far from my home and I found woodland senics ballast on sale and I need it, so I bought the packs and now I'm a little confused.

My plan is to make a small mixture between elemer's glue and water, and gently spread it between the two roadbeds, (because ym track is double tracked), on the outside of the roadbeds, and in between the rails on the ties. I'd then take a spoon and spread out the ballast over it so I can give it a spread look with the spoon and a brush. If anyone has experience, constructive criticism is always helpful. (just don't be too mean about it please) And always, show pictures so you can help with a diagram of what to do and not to do, thank you.

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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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Brendan posted:

You won't be able to spread glue between the rails/ties.  I suggest perusing youtube for tutorials.  

Brendan

Thank you, so the best is to just leave the rails' middle alone and just do the outer side?

GVDobler posted:

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.

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?

Brendan posted:

You really need to just watch someone do it.  It is easy.  Tedious, but easy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svu_nKj74qc

Brendan

Thank you for the video, it'll come in handy when I start Ballasting tommorow.

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