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    Default Yet another silly ballasting question

    For those with stationary layouts, why glue ballast at all? With a traveling layout, gluing ballast is absolutely required. But with a layout that doesn't move, is gluing really needed?

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    Yes, it prevents stray ballast from interfering with moving components like locomotive gears and switch points
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    Moose occasionally vacuum tracks, sooo, yeah, no glue down ballast, no ballast!
    = > ÷

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    Yes, I have clumsy fingers when trying to rerail a car they would screw up all ballast if it wasn’t glued down.
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    Plus, one sneeze, and...
    = > ÷

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    1) Because spreading and applying ballast once is enough.
    2) I don't relish picking ballast out of the loco gears or switch points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Plus, one sneeze, and...
    One moose sized sneeze and all the cars will end up at the far end of the yard.....
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    All good reasons! I like Moose's vacuuming reason best. So far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    For those with stationary layouts, why glue ballast at all? With a traveling layout, gluing ballast is absolutely required. But with a layout that doesn't move, is gluing really needed?
    I thought for a moment you might have been serious, Gordon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    I thought for a moment you might have been serious, Gordon.
    I was, Paul. Unfortunately, my fingers were running in high gear, but the brain was stuck in neutral.

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    No matter how convinced you might be that it will stay in place, it will be scattered around in no time. Just like river rock used for landscaping.

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    The only reason for NOT gluing down ballast on your model railroad layout is if you have an O or G or larger scale layout located outdoors.

    One of my friends recently built an O scale oval in his backyard and just used landscaping gravel for ballast:


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    As Metro said, for an "outdoor layout" gluing the ballast down isn't needed. Aside from the problems associated with doing it, G Scale (for example) is heavy enough to stay in place by itself.

    On an indoor layout however, gluing down the ballast is pretty much mandatory for the reasons stated above. The last thing anyone needs is having to keep putting the ballast back where it belongs or having it get all over the place .
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    I was, Paul. Unfortunately, my fingers were running in high gear, but the brain was stuck in neutral.
    Was always told (Navy Chiefs) to put brain in gear before putting ass in motion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wentzeljr View Post
    Was always told (Navy Chiefs) to put brain in gear before putting ass in motion.
    Ass was made fast to computer chair. Brain drifting with tide.

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    Don't be too hard on your self . This question could help someone starting out and not know the reasons for gluing it down . You may save someone headaches later

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    Kind of you to say so, Steve! Slips like this give me a good chuckle at myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    For those with stationary layouts, why glue ballast at all? With a traveling layout, gluing ballast is absolutely required. But with a layout that doesn't move, is gluing really needed?
    Ya, full sized railroads don't glue down their ballast. Maybe I've been wasting all that time and glue?

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