Well ballasting finally complete! Yay! But first to mess about and finish ish the pit. Used the Scale Model Scenery rule to determine the depth, 5 blocks look right. Read somewhere file the face to take off some of the sharp edges for a better look. Bottom left below filed. Not sure it’s worth it. Cut up some laminate and impact adhesive and superglued stuck it together. Acrylic paint grey, then a black wash! Stuck in with impact adhesive. Decorators chalk levelled it up. PVA’ed the track here but the little sleepers along the pit were superglued. Crushed lightweight block for yard ballast. In the background right a test piece to see if it could work! Middle flattened ballast/dust done with a spoon, left as out the dish. My technique of gluing the dust, normally it beads up and rolls away and makes a mess, to over come I first spray bottled water but latter found it needed a good soaking. Then dropping on a 50/50 water+ PVA mix with ample washing up liquid! But very gapped to start, then filling in the gaps slowly as it sunk away. But if it rolls away leave a while before trying again. Then it still needed a prod where some rolled away and made bumps. That’s 16 image allowance!