Progress of my service facility is moving along slowly and I am now in the process of filling my sand bin with sand. I am having a hard time making up my mind and was hoping to receive some input. I had some fine ballast that looked pretty good in the bag, but once it was spread out and the light hit it, it was obviously too course. I like the color of it, and after reading a bit here on the-gauge found that I could use nylons as a sifter. I was able to get it down to a finer texture, but after sampling some "real" sand, found it to still be quite course. I like the texture of the "real" sand, but the color of the fine ballast. The first picture is of the ballast before sifting. The second picture is a comparison of the sifted ballast, and the last picture is the "real" sand. What do you all think? Is the "real" sand too red/brown? What about the sifted ballast, is it too course to resemble sand? Thanks for your input!