Mark's Train Set

Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby ConducTTor » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:43 am

Arseny wrote:It seems to me that brown ballast is commonplace for the station yards, places near the signals, etc. - somewhere in the places where the train is to brake; due to the dust from the brake shoes that becomes rusty.


Yeah but CSD (from the pics) has it on main lines. I'm not too sure that's proper.
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby Arseny » Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:03 am

ConducTTor wrote:
Arseny wrote:It seems to me that brown ballast is commonplace for the station yards, places near the signals, etc. - somewhere in the places where the train is to brake; due to the dust from the brake shoes that becomes rusty.


Yeah but CSD (from the pics) has it on main lines. I'm not too sure that's proper.


Agreed with you; it's quite unusual for the main line... but it depends of the region. Maybe it can work for the place somewhere in Arizona or Nevada.

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Maybe in Montana too... or some place in Canada...

Also, it will be enough to place the signal near the line to justify the rusty color of the ballast...
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby CSD » Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:14 am

Brown right next to grey:
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby CSD » Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:26 am

A little more brown...
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby Arseny » Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:29 am

CSD wrote:Brown right next to grey


Notice the light signal. And the train is braking. It is just the thing I was talking about! :wink:
As concerns grey ballast - it seems to me that it was renewed not so long ago...
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby ConducTTor » Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:30 am

CSD wrote:Brown right next to grey.....


Gotcha. I'm just curious how "normal" that is. From what I've seen of your rolling stock, it's mostly Era IV? Therefore if you want to display that there would not be a new line and an old line line together (not to the degree where one is grey and the other is brown).

I personally am freelancing mainly between Era IV and V (with a bit of III and VI) so such details don't apply to me as much but I think you're more specific.

I could be wrong. It just seems a bit "off".

But as I'm typing this you've responded with the above pics so........
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby CSD » Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:38 am

Brown ballast tends to be associated with older lines and grey with newer. Since I'm going for a 70's era layout, it made sense. Tillig recognized this with their ballast products as well.

It will lighten up when the glue dries too. Then there's the weathering (and I like my track filthy).
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby krokodil » Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:54 am

After 2-3 years most of the ballast changes the color to brown, not just from the brake dust but also from rost. In rainy days all those rost from the cars and rails is washed down into the ballast.
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby dileTTante » Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:55 am

Arseny wrote:
CSD wrote:Brown right next to grey


Notice the light signal. And the train is braking. It is just the thing I was talking about! :wink:
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Re: Mark's Train Set

Postby LVG1 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:33 am

ConducTTor wrote:I just haven't seen many (if any) instances where the ballast is brown.


Because of the rust of the rails and breake dust, brown is the most common color of ballast (if it's not new anymore).
What color of ballast would be prototypical in your eyes? :?:
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