Please contact Russ or Tony to order or for more information.            

Russ Boersma   913-269-2378
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Tony LaSalle    913-269-2378

           

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O-GAUGE BALLAST KING
TRACK PROTECTORS
           

Track Protector (set of 3 track guards)
$11.95 plus $2.00 S/H

Track Protector (set of 2 track guards)
$7.95 plus $2.00 S/H

             

     Click to watch the Ballast King at work.

Ballast King
$198.00  plus S/H

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Track Protector Instructions
To use with the Ballaster King you will lay about four feet of ballast and then place the five foot lengths of the Track Protector on your rails. The protectors should extend six inches beyond the ballasted work area on either end.

After spraying the glue remove the track protectors, wipe them off with a damp cloth and move them to the next ballasted section to be glued. Be sure to leave that six inch overlap at either end of your work area.

The Track Protectors can be used any time you want to work on your layout and protect your rails. You will find this product to be very useful in a variety of ways, especially in protecting the rails from paint overspray.

       
          
       

BALLAST KING
The Ballast King was developed to assist model railroaders by providing a system to prototypically ballast your layout in a concise and time saving fashion. Nothing dresses up your track system like a nicely ballasted roadbed. The Ballast King is made in the U.S.A.
US Patent number 61/392,559

       
       

The Ballast King is made up of several parts you need to be familiar with prior to use.
1. At first glance you will note the large hopper that contains the ballast and at either end is a solid steel bar that adds weight and supports the plastic trucks. Also, notice the adjustable brushes on either side of the hopper at track level.
2. Turn the Ballast King over and lay it upside down. There are several parts to note. There is a plate with three grooves set at an angle (two grooves for two rail track). Also notice the bristled brush (compactor).
3. Turn the Ballast King over and place it on the track. Center the grooved plate on each rail. Align the front and back trucks over the rails but do not worry if they are not seated on the rails at this time. Grip the car from above and with moderate pressure seat the compactor brushes into the rails while at the same time seat the trucks on the rails. Move the ballaster back and forth on the rails making sure that the trucks, the metal plate grooves, and compactor brushes are well seated on the track.

Consider purchasing and using the Track Protectors to keep your tracks clean during the process of laying the ballast.

Laying Ballast
1. Once you are satisfied that the ballaster is seated and the trucks are contacting the track evenly, fill the hopper with ballast. Ballast King offers a ballast that is ground granite just like the real stuff and contains no metal particles. A sample and pricing information is included with your ballaster.
2. With firm pressure from above, move the Ballast King forward.
3. You will notice a fair amount of resistance to movement which is normal. As you move forward the compacting brushes are forcing the ballast down between the ties and the side brushes are forming the shoulders of the roadbed. We recommend a plastic water pitcher to replenish the ballast as the Ballast King moves along.
4. You will need to anticipate the point where to end the ballasting. Failure to anticipate the end point (a switch or bridge) will result in left over ballast in the hopper and when you lift the ballaster from the track, excess ballast will spill on the rails.
5. We recommend that after four or five feet of track you glue the ballast. In a one quart spray bottle prepare a mixture of ½ isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) and ½ tap water (alcohol and water 50/50 by volume). Spray the mixture liberally with the nozzle set on mist. The will dramatically reduce the surface tension which will allow the glue mixture (the next step) to freely flow into the ballast.
6. Prepare in advance a plastic squirt bottle (at least 10 ounces) made up of a mixture of ½ white glue and ½ tap water. This 50/50 mixture by volume must be shaken vigorously to combine the water with the glue.
7. Squirt the glue onto the ballast and avoid getting the glue onto the rails. If you get glue on the rails, use a paper towel to wipe off the rails. It is easier to clean wet glue than to clean dry glue. Proceed to ballast the next four feet.

Things to Remember
1. The key is to plan ahead. Do not ballast the interior of your switches. Hand ballast only the ties on the sides of the switch.
2. ALWAYS store your Ballast King upside down to avoid damaging the brushes. If you notice ballast spillage on the sides, you can adjust the side brushes up or down.

       
       

Ballast Material
Our ballast is made from ground granite just like the real railroads and it is recommended for use with the BALLAST KING unit.

We offer five options which are gray blend, midwest, white, black, and midwest blend. We can mix any blend that you would like to use. Please email or send a sample or photo and we will match it.

       
           
        The cost is $2.00 per pound with a shipping cost of 45 cents per pound using fixed cost boxes from the U.S. Post Office.

Using the ballaster with Gargraves track we average 4 and one half feet per pound.
The ballast is offered in 5 pound packages which will ballast approximately 22 feet.
         
     

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