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Way back when I didn't know "so much" about model railroading (i.e. I didn't know any better...), I took a tip from Dave Frary's scenery book (1st ed) and got myself a can of baseball diamond dirt to use as - you guessed it - "dirt" for my layout. I think he recommended it since it's relatively free from anything other than dirt (little/no twigs, grass, etc) and is relatively fine. I don't think I bothered - or even knew to bother - cooking it, straining it, or demagnetizing it. I just used it on the layout and it looked great to me at the time.
One of the things I liked best about it was its variety of color. Unlike ground foam - or even the dirt you can get from some scenery companies - which is all one uniform color, real dirt has that certain something - ever so slight distinctions of color that make it look really real, and not like paint-by-the-numbers.
So, I figured I'd get myself a can of dirt from my yard. It's certainly "prototypically correct" in that it's taken right from the vicinity of the Valley Line.
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