Cal’s City Transfer, Rail Truck Terminal

This is a scratch-built I made and forgot about. It’s called” Cal’s City Transfer, Rail Truck Terminal”, named after my cousin with our Model Railroad Ballast.

First, we lay the track using our 122 Yard mix Ballast. Then we laid out the ground cover with 101 red cinder powder with some 100 industrial dirt and 1030 Black Cinder powder. Mixed in we place some of the n scale ballast to add some rock to the mix. We use our of your Green Foliage & Blended Grass Foliage( No long selling).

On the building we use our 14 pigment kit to add color. On the roof we used 1410 (Sunset Orange) 1420 (Supai red) 1440 (White) and 1450 (Black). On the sides we use 1430 (Earth) and 1450 (Black).


Cal's City Transfer, Rail Truck Terminal with Model Railroad Ballast

Choose the size and color appropriate for your scale, locale, and complement your scenery colors. Many real railroads use the rocks available in the local area as ballast. So it’s good to know what color ballast your prototypical railroad uses for their tracks in the area you are modeling. If you’re freelancing, this won’t matter much. You can pick whatever color of model railroad ballast that looks good with the rest of your scenery. If you don’t like any of the available colors, you can mix the different colors to get the shade you want.

Experiment with this first using a small amount of the ballast, e.g., 1 teaspoon of one color mixed with 1 teaspoon of another color, and see if the blend is what you are looking for. If so, then blend larger amounts in the same proportion to use on your layout. You may wish to vary the shade of model railroad ballast you use in different areas of your layout. For example, you may use a darker shade around freight yards. Engine servicing areas than you would on the mainline between towns. However, I wouldn’t use too many different shades or colors on the same layout—the technique for applying model railroad ballast. When you’re finished fixing your model railroad track to your sub roadbed and painting the rails and ties, you’re ready for ballasting.

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