Ballast test strips

Ballast acquisition

Since I recently started thinking about ballasting track I have visited Model Railroader Video Plus and YouTube to learn more about ballast. Also Chris Jacobs, a friend from SWWMR club, gave me a suggestion of using “Play Sand” for ballast. A 50 lb bag of play sand from Lowe’s cost me less than $5 while Woodland Scenic’s ballast is ten times more expensive. As previously illustrated I just have to sift the Play Sand into three sizes. The attached photo shows two test strips with various sizes of ballast.

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