Ballasting ply sleepered track

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David Thorpe
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Re: Ballasting ply sleepered track

Postby David Thorpe » Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:50 pm

My choice of dyes had nothing to do with ambition, but was solely due to the fact that I happened to have them anyway! Like you I wanted (and i think achieved) a faded look, in my case a sort of grey/beigy, that involved a lot of thinner - trouble is that it's now just a bit too faded. I think that the creosote gang may have to be brought into action.


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Re: Ballasting ply sleepered track

Postby Martin Wynne » Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:15 pm

petermeyer wrote:I have a stash of Copydex but a number of things put me of using it:
1. The odour
2. Questions on whether it can be and how to dilute it
3. You can't drill into it

Hi Peter,

1. the smell goes away as it dries.

2. it can be diluted with water.

3. drilling the dried latex film is no problem if you spike through the film first, or cut away a small area of film with a craft knife. Or ideally you drill all the holes needed before ballasting and keep them open with cocktail sticks while ballasting. Perfectionists rub the cocktail sticks on a candle to prevent the Copydex sticking to them.

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Re: Ballasting ply sleepered track

Postby FCA » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:48 pm

Just for variety I stain my ply sleepers with a mixture of diluted Indian ink, mostly black.
I always use light coloured ballast on the basis that it can always be darkened later if required. Rarely required in my opinion.
Whether or not templates are used I invariably paint the track sub-base with light blue acrylic paint
The ballast is laid either with the track (PVA) or by using dilute PVA in a pipette on to chivied ballast.
Always drop the dilute PVA outside the four foot.


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Re: Ballasting ply sleepered track

Postby Enigma » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:46 pm

I use a selection of marker pens to colour sleepers depending on whether they're supposed to be old and grey (sounds familiar) or relatively new.

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