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Garden Railway G Scale Track Ballast Instructions

  1. Remove any screws from under the track which holds the rail to the ties (figure 1). Rail must move freely back and forth through the ties. This does not apply to switches or crossovers.
  2. Secure the ties to solid surface under the rails (figure 2) or on tamped down gravel subsurface.
  3. Stir/mix thoroughly (3 parts GRIT/1 part POWDER)then pour granular LOCOmotion Works ballast over the track as shown in figure 3.

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 3
  1. Tamp down under the rails and between the ties using the special brush provided (figure 4).
  2. Brush excess material down track with brush provided keeping the material even with the top of the ties (figure 5).
  3. Brush material on the sides of the ties holding the brush at a 45 degree angle (figure 6) until it looks the way you want.

Figure 4

Figure 5

Figure 6
  1. Brush dust off the sides of the rails on both sides, holding brush at 45 degree angle (figure 7) and moving it back and forth rapidly. Do not let granules get into the switch mechanism.
  2. Make sure you can see the tops of the ties and the bolts that hold the rails to the ties (figure 8).

Figure 7

Figure 8
  1. Spray water with a few drops of liquid detergent mixed in a spray bottle and gently spray generous amounts of water on the ballast and let it soak through. Let set for at least 12 hours.
  2. After 12 hours, or anytime after, touch up as needed by removing parts of the ballast with a screwdriver and pulverizing it in your hands. Then mix it with 50% new ballast and repeat the process. 100% recycleable.