Ballasts with plastic roadbed attached

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  1. prodigy2k7

    prodigy2k7 Member

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    The easy track stuff (the plastic roadbed connected track), can you add ballast to these tracks or will it look bad?
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    You can add ballast, but probably a thin layer only, as otherwise the ties will look buried. Not that it doesn't happen in real life...! ;)

    You can also try painting and/or drybrushing the "ballast" to improve the appearance.

    Andrew
  3. Herc Driver

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    If you like...please check out my NScale gallery pic's under Herc Driver (or use the link below my signature)...all my track is Bachmann EZ and has been painted/ballasted. If you like that "look", the ballasting can be done without too much fuss.
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    Herc's stuff looks fine.

    That being said, even if it looks the same...it costs much more $$$ and gives you less flexibility than flex track
  5. rfmicro

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    Concur above. I have also ballasted EZ Bachman track. The ballast on/near the ties needs to be a very thin layer, perhaps a single layer so you won't bury the track ties. Glue with scenic glue or elmer's/water solution.

    Regards,
    Trent
  6. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

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    I've ballasted Bachman EZ track so successfully that some people think it's snap track laid down on separate roadbed. It's not until they make a close inspection that they see it's the Bachmann product.
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  8. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    I don't think you want to use anything but flex track with dcc. The dcc system we use in the modular club is very sensitive to bad connections. I would reccomend soldering a drop wire to a buss to every piece of rail on your layout. Those short sections of track will require a lot of soldering to work.
  9. Herc Driver

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    nkp174 - you're right about the cost and flexibility...if I had to do it all again, I'd used flex and a roadbed. (I thought the kids would loose interest in a simple oval running on a table...wooops they didn't loose interest and that simple table oval using EZ track with no scenery grew into our layout.)

    IMHO...EZ track is a good product with some advantages that depend on when/how the layout will be used. It is more expensive, more restrictive on layout design, but you can still use it effectively and I feel ballast/scenic it well with no more effort than snap/flex track.
  10. Alan Bickley

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    A lot of my society colleagues would recommend using Roco-line. I'm not too sure about adding ballast to it, but I have looked at what can be done by the way of airbrushing in their catalogue and the end result does look good. Personally, I would stick to using Peco track as it's a lot less expensive!