Hornby Skaledale R8996 track ballast loads

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Hornby Skaledale R8996 track ballast loads

Postby GWR_fan » Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:44 am

I have secured a few of these packs to add to my Sealions and am wondering as to why the offwhite colour (granite?). Should the track ballast not be darker?

Edit: a check of images on Google shows that light coloured ballast is used in the northern hemisphere. Downunder we use a darker ballast referred to as "blue metal" due its darkish colouring (possibly basalt based).

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Re: Hornby Skaledale R8996 track ballast loads

Postby TimberSurf » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:22 am

Holy mackerel! They cost an arm and a leg!

Surely peeps can make their own! It's so easy!

(I really must write up a "how to"!)

I have made dozens, it's a piece of cake to do, and mine are easy to lift out and are far more realistic than plastic or resin!

Our ballast is very light, looks almost white in some area's, but before the modern central ballast depot, was sourced locally and could be many colours, even reddy brown.
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Re: Hornby Skaledale R8996 track ballast loads

Postby Dad-1 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:41 am

In fact ballast at Perth (Scotland) is almost pink !!
Locally sourced in early days as TS says and will vary SO much which is
why you'll often see the suggestion of deciding what region/location you
want to model, check colour pictures and then buy the most suitable shade.
We are spoilt by the range Woodland Scenics offer, plus many other suppliers.
I still tend to mix an assortment together ............

As to loads. I have this dislike of demountable loads and am prepared to have
double the amount of wagons so I can have permanently stuck in loads and then
a set of empties. Now you can see why I have so many wagons !!

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Re: Hornby Skaledale R8996 track ballast loads

Postby End2end » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:59 pm

TimberSurf wrote:Holy mackerel! They cost an arm and a leg!.

And a LOAD of cash. :?
Loads are easy to make as mentioned.
I did a write up on how to make them here - viewtopic.php?f=16&t=49546&hilit=load#p608398
And some more tips on removable loads here - viewtopic.php?f=5&t=47844&hilit=load
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Re: Hornby Skaledale R8996 track ballast loads

Postby GWR_fan » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:03 pm

Thankyou gentlemen. Yes, if paying MSRP then they are indeed very expensive. Fortunately, my supply came far less expensively.

Edit: I fitted a few loads to some ballast hoppers and discovered that each packaging contains two moulded clear inserts shaped to fit the interior of the hopper bays. I thought, why not use these as moulds to make my own loads and save a little money.


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