Tuesday, July 5, 2016
I soaked it - thoroughly - with 70% alcohol - and then secured it in place with diluted matte medium. I usually prefer white glue to matte medium for ballasting track since matte medium when it's dried, isn't going to be "soaked" off - so any track ballasted with matte medium is staying in place and never going to be removed and reused.
I again turned off the lights and headed upstairs. Stopped down there this morning before leaving for work. Hadn't completely dried but the results are already much approved.
The ties are still a little shinier than I'd like in some spots - but that's something a little final weathering can fix. As I said yesterday I plan to add more than the typical amount of grass/weeds to these spurs so that will help disguise any miscues with the ballast as well.
All in all, I think it's safe to move forward with the gravel ballast on the mainline.