After installing the two turnouts, I thought I had better start tackling some ballasting. Not my favorite job.
The first ballasting of track and the tunnel portal blended into the landscape. To remind yourselves what it looked like before ballasting see here. (Click on the image for larger view).
I’m not going to go into how to lay ballast here, it’s been done a million times before. Suffice it to say that I use the usual 50:50 mix of water and PVA glue, with a drop of washing up liquid to help the flow.
Also, whilst in scenic mode, I mixed up some filler and blended the ‘Overdale Tunnel’ portal into the hillside.
I find ballasting extremely tedious but, to make the task less painful, I thought I would do it as I go along this time. On the three previous layout attempts I have laid all the track and left myself a mountain to climb when laying the ballast.
Three MEA wagons exit ‘Overdale Tunnel’
Ballasting and tunnel completed with MEA wagons in place to set the scene.