balast colour?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by joesho, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. joesho

    joesho Member

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    ok guys need info agian, sorry is there such think as balast with a relitively close colour to dirt,earth ? such a think info would be thanked, thanks agian :wave:
  2. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

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    Just a quick question...what's the color of the ballast near your house? Maybe by mixing colors you could get that color. Or if you're modeling a different location...look for pictures on railpictures.net and notice the ballast color for a specific geographical region.
  3. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

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    ballest color varies on each railroad if the road was a iron ore carrier the ballast would end up rust colored on a coal road the ballast would be dark from coal spills and dust.on a branch line or a small road the ballast might not be seen through the weeds and grass.if you have a color in mind for the rocks on your railroad i would match ballast color to that.
  4. joesho

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    ok thanks guys, herc i live in bc (west coast)
  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Even in a single geographic area can have a variety of colours. Well maintained ballast out on the main would be clean, high quality stuff, coloured only by what the railroad is carrying (as Jim noted).

    In yards, the ballast might be practically hidden under a layer of sand (for traction), dirt, oil, grease, fuel, and garbage like newspapers, leaves, etc.

    On infrequently used branch lines, the ballast might not be visible at all - covered completely by grass and weeds growing right up through the ballast beside and between the rails.

    Andrew
  6. joesho

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    ok thats all i need to know thanks everyone! :)