Any experience w/ ground rubber ballast?

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Any experience w/ ground rubber ballast?
Posted by sgriggs on Friday, April 20, 2001 10:22 PM
Does anyone have experience using ground rubber ballast (such as "Ballast King" brand) on a hirail or toy train layout? I plan to use it on my layout and am hoping that it reduces the noise level. I have heard it is a little difficult to spread. Any experiences would be appreciated.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 24, 2001 4:27 PM
Hi,

I've got Ballast King rubber ballast on my layout. It spread OK (I tapped the edge of an open can to distribute the ballast and made any touchups with my fingers; I didn't use a ballast spreader). Using a spray bottle, I wet the ballast with water and a few drops of dish detergent to get the glue to penetrate, then used a lot of a 50/50 mix of white glue and water dribbled out of an old Elmer's glue container to hold down the ballast. It took a few days to dry. The ballast is flexible, but holds together and has been fine now for a few years. As far as sound goes, it didn't make trains quieter (the dried glue is probably transferring sound to the plywood), but I expect if I used stone ballast things would be louder.

Neil Besougloff
editor, CTT

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