Before I begin work on the garage building I am going to take some time today to ballast more track. When I began my layout I started using MTH's RealTrax which has proven to be a reliable track system. I like the system, but the track has a gray molded plastic roadbed and as time has gone on I have begun to want to make it look more realistic. To do that I begin by masking the center rail (not really necessary, but I want to keep the center rail black) and paint the track using RUST-OLEUM Flat Brown. After the track pieces have dried I remove the masking tape from the center rail and clean off the top of the rails using very fine wet/dry sandpaper. I start with 400 grit and progressively work my way down to 1200 grit and then finally 1500 grit paper. Once the rails are clean, using ELMER'S Glue-ALL basically because it is relatively cheap and goes on well, I cover all of the plastic roadbed (in small sections) that I want to ballast. Once the glue has been applied to a small section I sprinkle on Brennan's Better Ballast and then move on to another small section until the track section has been entirely ballasted.
Well, I'm off to ballast some more track so that I can begin working on the garage for my oil and fuel facility! Those Pennsylvania winters I am told can be brutal and there needs to be some place to keep the delivery truck out of the weather when not in use.