I painted the track rails a suitable colour to weather them, taking care to clean paint off the top of the rails as I went along. Paint too high up the inside of the track rails would prevent electrical current being passed to locomotive wheels and so interfere with smooth running. The paint was also used to hide the shiny silver blobs of solder which I do not wish to be noticed.
The Peco Setrack components were ballasted with Javis granite chippings fixed in place using a 50:50 mix of PVA and water. A couple of drops of washing up liquid were added to the mix to help it flow more freely through the ballast. I worked on ballasting the track six to eight inches at a time. I find that it is worth investing as much time as is required into this labour intensive part of building a model railway layout. If track is well ballasted, the overall appearance of the model railway is much more visually impressive. Also, if photographs of rolling stock are to be taken, it must be remembered that the camera tends to show up areas where assembly standards are more relaxed.
I have added weeds here and there to start the scenic work. The weeds suggest that the branch line is not as well looked after as it once was, possibly the start of a gradual decline before closure. Some of the tufts of weeds hide the blobs of solder which attach wire droppers to the track rails for DCC operation.
Crowley is one of my OO gauge scenic model railway layouts. To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website www.brianford.co.uk.