As I work towards this coming weekend’s North Shore train show in Laval, Québec, I realized that I was unhappy with the ballast on the two modules I’m building to use with the S Scale Workshop exhibition layout. Looking at some of the prototype photos I’m using for inspiration, the problem was immediately apparent.
There was too much ballast.
As these photos from an earlier post show, the ballasted track was a big scar through the scene – it sat above the surrounding greenery, almost floating above the terrain:
This was not the effect I wanted. As the lead photo shows, a more subtle ballast profile was called for. So one of my tasks this past weekend was to layer some more ground cover onto the sloped sides of the roadbed.
The following photo shows what I did:
At upper right, the original ballasted roadbed. In the middle, I’ve brushed on some of my basic terrain-coloured paint (a greyish brown called “Monk’s Cloak”, if memory serves). At lower left, some ground cover material scattered over the paint.
Here’s another look, comparing before and after:
And a third look. The module section at the back has been worked on, while the three closer sections await treatment:
I’m much happier with the revision, although I’m also glad I did all that ballasting as the ballast provided a good “grip” for scattering material on a slope.
It looks even better with static grass applied along the railway RoW – as I’ll show in a subsequent post…