Hints & tips for model railway enthusiasts, miniature painters and model makers.

Ballasting

How to ballast model railway track, tips, tricks and time-saving techniques, including guides for N, 009, OO (Hornby) and HO track.

The Best Ballasting Tool For N Gauge Model Railways

Best N Gauge Ballast Spreader
Ballasting is one of those tasks you either love or hate on a model railway. It transforms your track work but is a slow laborious messy process that's hard to [...]

The best recipe for the ballast glue

What is the best glue for model railway ballast? Find the answer here. [...]

Tips from an inspirational model railway

ben alder
There are realistic model railways and then there are realistic model railways. Anyone who’s seen Ben Alder's Far North Line layout knows what I mean. [...]

Tips from an exhibition layout: Oak Road by Mike Buick

Mike Buick Oak Road
Mike Buick will be familiar to many modellers as the creator of the Oak Road layout. It's a beautiful layout exhibition with astonishingly lifelike modelling. [...]

The quickest way to ballast track?

how to lay ballast quickly
Let's face it, no one likes ballasting track. It's soooo time-consuming. But if you're just starting out and want a quick rather than perfect looking finish [...]

How to safely ballast points in 4 simple steps

how to ballast model railway points
Ballasting track is pretty straightforward but points are a whole different game! But it needn't be that troublesome, here's a quick video and four-step [...]

How To Pick The Right Ballast For The Most Realistic Model Railway

The ballast on railways wasn't always grey and if you want your model railway to be authentic you'll need to get the colour and texture right on your layout. [...]

The Origins of Ballast – Monday Model Railway Factoid, #5

Even wondered what the origins of ballast are and why it's even called ballast? Read on for the fascinating history of the small grey stones found between [...]

How To Remove Glued Ballast From Model Train Track In Five Easy Steps

If you want to re-use track that has ballast glued in place you'll probably be wondering how to recover the track and remove the ballast. Here's how I solved [...]

How to ballast a model railway, the definitive guide

Mike Buick Track Work
Everything you need to know to safely and easily ballast your model railway with the best results, including top videos. a step by step guide and loads of [...]
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