Everything on model trains, model railroads, model railways, locomotives, model train layouts, scenery, wiring, DCC and more. Enjoy the world's best hobby... model railroading!

Track Ballast Tones

Daniel models O scale and writes:

“I need some guidance on what color ballast to use on different areas of the layout. Thanks for all comments.”

You can contribute your thoughts below.

2 Responses to Track Ballast Tones

  • Glenn Gardiner says:

    There are a few things that can effect ballast color. The area of the country you model, not where you live necessarily. The type of track; mainline, siding, yard. The less maintained a track, the more likely the area between the tracks will be dirty and oil covered. Sidings and abandoned track can have little, to no ballast. And last, it is your layout, so choose whatever color you are satisfied with. After all, if you aren’t happy, the rest doesn’t matter. Glenn

  • David Stokes says:

    Its your layout, ballast colour is your decision. But if you are looking to the prototype, look at the prototype. A lot of video clips of trains in country, city and yard limits are starting to appear on Youtube. “Waste” some time watching a few.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Add a photo or image related to your comment (JPEG only)

Model Train DCC HELP

N Scale Track Plans

Watch Video

Use Tiny Railroad Micro Controllers

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTION

Download Your Free Catalog

Model Train Help Ebook

NEW TO MODEL TRAINS?

FREE Tour Inside Club

Take a FREE tour inside the club.

Scenery Techniques Explained

Scenery & Layout Ideas

Model Railroading Blog Archive

Reader Poll

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.