My landscaper was using this on my patio. Thought I would see how it looked as ballast. I'm happy with the result. It already has a glue mixed in so you just have to wet it. 

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Steve, That looks great!  And you are using it for residential purposes, just as it says on the bag!  

Mark Boyce posted:

 And you are using it for residential purposes, just as it says on the bag!  

Well the layout is in my residence so I guess that counts

Haven't done much on the layout in a long time.  Got some ballasting done yesterday, maybe some more today. 

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Well since I can't go to work might as well put some time into the layout.

Got more ballasting and ground cover done. 

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I've been silent watching w/o contributing for a while.  When I saw this thread bump up, I  went through the entire pictorial progress again.  Inspiring work.  I am interested to what you did to color/paint the stone arch bridge structures in one of your more recent posts.  Wonderful results from great modeling.  Also liked your double headed PRR Decapods. 

pennsynut posted:

  I am interested to what you did to color/paint the stone arch bridge structures

Thanks! The stone arch bridge is layers of 1/2" Styrofoam that was painted with latex tan then dry brushed with a black and white.  

I predict a big spike in babies being born early next year and I predict a lot of cool railroad stuff being done. We RR hobbyists are lucky to have an all-consuming activity that we can delve into and forget the world for a while.

Your work is outstanding. Keep it coming. I have used the polymeric sand for roads as well. Once you lay it down where you want it and lightly mist it with water, let dry then paint. Never thought about using it as ballast. Another product you can use for more than one project. $ saver.

Dave

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luvindemtrains posted:

Your work is outstanding. Keep it coming. I have used the polymeric sand for roads as well. Once you lay it down where you want it and lightly mist it with water, let dry then paint. Never thought about using it as ballast. Another product you can use for more than one project. $ saver.

Dave

I used the sand as a base then laid a light coating of brennans over the top, used a lot less ballast.

 

Steve, Your city, engine service, and hills look great!  The elevated city area that is at the far left of a couple photos must add a lot of visual interest as well.

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