Well, I was able to remove all my ballast, as I was adviced in the Technical Q & A forum, bought a new N Scale ballast, because I usually used the H0... wrong!!!! Newbie error... buy what there is at the LHS... Well, I've order one ballast really small, really up to scale. It will b e here next week. I'm anxious. In the mean time, I've been rustying my rails. Painted the ties, and with a darker redish brown, painted rails. These rails here are to be in a Steel Arched Bridge from Faller. It took me quite a while to do all this, but it is great.