Ok, I tried to ballast my Bachmann EZ track and had so-so results. I increased the amount of glue by adding a drop or so of carpenters glue which held the ballast more effectively on the plastic sides. Now I've realized that I really need to improve the ballasting job to make it more prototypical. Does anyone have a good NMRA standard for the cross sectional ballast dimension? And while we're at it...how do you get ballast you don't need on top of the ties, off those ties. I've been trying everything from my finger to an xacto knife with ok results. What is your ballasting technique to remove the unwanted from the track. The look that I wanted is what I see around my area, track that Norfolk Southern maintains. The ballast is neatly up to the top of the tie but rarely over or on top of the tie itself between the rails. Outside of the rails, the ballast is evenly displaced up to the top of the tie running the tie's full length, then slopes down. I don't have a lot of track to do, but want it to look good. I plan on painting the ties and rails when the ballasting job is over (as some techniques have you do) for the finished look. But how do you get the unwanted ballast removed easily?