I'm working on initial planning on my layout and with it being a branch line, I want to have grass and weeds between the rails and along the rails. Have any of you done this before? I was thinking some white glue between ties and some horse hair type grass or ground cover cut down between rails before ballasting. Also, as we all know shortline railroads don't have perfectly maintained trackage, and I was wondering about a small shim under one side of the track to get that "short line rock" as a train goes over it. I know for reliability purposes, it would need to be minimal and I'm planning on mounting the track directly to the benchwork or on shaved down cork to further mimic the disrepair. Of course I plan on painting the track rails and ties to help the effect too. So if any of you have ideas or photos of how you've done any of this, please share and post so I can figure it out and maybe help others to do so as well. Thanks for the help!