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Dear John


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Track_ballast
http://www.lenntech.com/periodic/periodic-chart.htm


Which could be the alternative materials which can be used / tried out instead of Ballast or crushing stones ?. viz Cement, plaster of Paris, sand, coal, metal, non metals etc for railway tracks ?.

If we create a Word Document having a table consisting of the columns Materials,Advantages,Disadvantages and Conclusion,
Can this be a Good reference document for evaluation ?.


The Train should run more efficiently on the railway tracks with the New Material installed viz Cement, Sand, Plaster of Paris, Coal, Metal, Non Metal, Gravel, Limestone etc instead of the crushing stones. Maintenance also has to be taken into picture for replacing the material if wear out
quickly and efficiently.

I also feel Rutherford's periodic table could be a useful reference.



Awaiting your reply,


Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Answer
Pertaining to model railroads. Crushed stone is always preferred.
A watered down solution of white glue or matte medium is the
best method for adhesion. If a train layout requires alteration or
track repair; the crushed stone and water-based glue will be
easily removed with a steel putty knife.

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I can answer the following questions: Almost anything about the hobby, except complex electrical questions. Anything about table construction, model kit building, layout scenery, weathering and painting, adding lighting to structures and scenery. I cannot answer questions about the value or appraisal of an item through an e-mail question. The only true method to valuation is having the item in front of me. I will not answer any questions about complex wiring for signals, DCC, or switch motor installations.

Experience

Model railroader since childhood. And that's quite a few years ago. My experience includes: Planning, Design, Benchwork Construction, Trackwork, Conceptualizing the placement of the basic scenic shell and future structure placement. Developing a "vision" of what the layout' them will be. Historical research. Model builder. Painter, Detailer and Weathering. Scenery Artisan, Model train room decorator. Freight car builder. Engine detailer. Turned my passion for model railroading to a full time career in 1998. I now design, build and construct model railroads. Focusing my skills on planning and design, model kit building services, scenery and structure installations, painting, weathering and detailing.

Organizations
Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Rutland Railway Association.

Publications
Classic Toy Trains, January 2013

Education/Credentials
Self-taught Model Railroader turned professional consultant New York Institute of Technology, Communication Arts Degree C.W. Post College, Computer Graphics-Desktop Publishing Certificate Program Molloy College, MacIntosh Computer Studies-Certificate Program

Past/Present Clients
Sorry, I can not reveal their names. I will tell you that my clients range from 5 year olds to 75 year olds. My layout commissions are in private homes, hobby shops, hotel lobbies, libraries, museums and historical societies.

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