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The plank of many uses - 2

Posted by TomE , in Ropley 27 May 2011 · 834 views

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Hi all

Ballasting, some love it, some hate it, but there is no getting away from it. At some point it has to be done!

The mainline 'plank' featured earlier in this blog (and still alive - just) was a fairly simple thing to tackle, although I wasn't really that happy with the Woodland Scenics "fine" ballast I used. It wasn't really fine enough for N. So for Ropley I've been looking around for a better product for the main line & loop which is pretty standard as far as ballast goes with non of the ashy muck found in the yard area.

The latest trial is using something I stumbled across on the forum, and although not really intended as ballast, I think is just what I'm looking for.

Enter Treemendus Earth Powder. A very fine product which is intended for making lanes or bare ground in larger scales but which works excellently as ballast in N / 2mm. The only thing I would recommend is that it's put through a fine sieve first as there are a few larger particles but otherwise I'm quite pleased with the results.

(I must apologise for the photos, I don't have the usual camera with me so these are lowly iphone snaps!)

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The test stretch was fixed in place with Kleer which it seemed quite happy with before being weathered.

All I have to do now is finish the trackwork and then I can get stuck in!

Cheers all,

Tom.

P.S. I must say that the service from Treemendus was first class! No relation other than a very happy customer!
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Bangor Lad
May 27 2011 17:08
Looks good. I've been trying sand lately but a lot of sieving needed to get out the bits!
Hi BL.

The test sample above was straight from the bag, so the treemendus ground powder is passable without being sieved. For the best effect i think it would benefit from at least one pass through.

Cheers,

Tom
That looks a lot better than the woodland scenics I've been using. Which colour of earth powder did you use?
Hi Michael.

It was the Normal Earth powder, not the Normandy one. It's No.4 on their products page.

http://www.treemendu...roductguide.htm

Tom.

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