|Ballasted track at Donohue... not impressive.|
It's why most of the layout follow another technique often described on this blog with consist of painting the ties white and applying several oil paint washes to build up the color. I've always enjoyed consistent results with this method and it became a standard.
|Unrealistic paint blotches.|
However, out of laziness, and because the photobackdrop was already in place at Donohue, I never dared to upgrade the track paint. A few months ago, I simply ballasted a few feet of that track and found the result beyond appalling. It was clear we couldn't go that way.
|Tracks in the repainting process|
To save ourselves some trouble with spray paint cans, we thought about painting by hand each ties with white paint. It is not the fastest procedure out there, but in a single hour, with two people, we painted about 6 feet of track. Given it was a test, I suspect we will be faster next time and think it will probably take about 2-3 hours to complete the scene. It is certainly painstaking, but it only shows that shortcuts taken a few years weren't exactly the best idea.