A while ago friend and I were messaging back and forth about using grout for N scale ballasting. I thought I’d try and grab a photo of how it compares to Woodland Scenics fine grade ballast. I haven’t glued down either section.
The grout I use would just be bonded with a light spray of water.
The WS product of course would be bonded with thinned white glue.
The WS product really is too course for N but then the grout isn’t coarse enough. I think if I was trying to represent track buried in dirt I would certainly use grout. I also think I might still use the WS product. It is too coarse but I think this might be a time when you use the larger product for the way it appears at a normal viewing distance.
I may take a look around the garden centers as well to see if there was a sand that could be used. Perhaps it might be the happy medium between the two grades. I’m really undecided on how to proceed with this. If I’d just used trusty old Atlas code 83 N scale track than the WS product would be fine. It always was on every layout I’ve ever built in N scale. Yet, somehow how that I’m fooling around with this finer track I find I’m asking myself more questions about each step in the process.