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The best thing to do is to study pictures of the area you are modelling. Ballast is highly variable in colour & may be a good idea to mix two or more to get the effect you want. Don't forget that mainline ballast will be different from that used in goods yards too. For the latter I've used Woodlands fine cinders [even in 7mm scale] and would recommend that in 00 as well. For running lines, Woodlands medium works quite well. A serving railwayman at my model club reckons about 8 lumps between each pair of sleepers is about right. as he drive a Javelin for a living, presume he got that from being stopped in the station, rather than 140mph between...

A mix of 2 brown to 1 grey looks good on our club layout, but then it all needs going over with paint, powders or whatever to simulate brake dust, oil etc, depending on which part of the track you are modelling. It is these little extras that will really help bring things to life and there are lots of colour pictures in book & on the web now to help.

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