Handlaid track or not?

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I have been using Trix track for my HO layout and Kato unitrack for my N scale layout. I have found that this isn't necessarily realistic. I was wondering if I should replace it with hand laid track and roadbed or buy some small gravel at a hobby shop, and just sprinkle that over the Trix and Kato unitrack? Is that less realistic than using hand laid track? Thanks.:cool:

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