The “Friend of the Candlewood Valley Scenic Railway” has been hard at work reclaiming the railroad and structures from nature. Part of that process has been leveling and ballasting the track. I painstakingly use a straw broom and a paint brush to smooth and shape the ballast. This got me to wondering if anyone has designed a tool specifically for this purpose.
My sweep and brush method gives me a pretty good look, but I’m not able to get the typical profile of a 1:1 rail bed. The stone I use (called Stone Sand here which is basically crusher fines down to dust) will stick together for a while, but probably would not hold a shape for long without some added adhesive.
I’m undecided if I should attempt to shape a large brush or is a stiff sweeper made of PVC board might do. Since we are leaving for a 3 week vacation tomorrow, nothing will happen soon.