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Railroad Ballast

Railroad Ballast

Also referred to as Track Ballast, Ballast Stone, Mainline Ballast, Yard Ballast, or AREMA Ballast. Railroad Ballast is limestone rock that is placed around and under the railroad ties and tracks to help support and level the track.

 

Railroad Ballast is produced by first blasting solid rock from the quarry face. It is then crushed and screened to produce an open graded product. This differs from the well graded products, such as concrete aggregate, in that the stones within the product are all similar in size. The uniform size of Railroad Ballast results in a lack of smaller stones or fines in the voids between stones, allowing water to drain through and away from the tracks on the subsurface below. Railroad Ballast also inhibits vegetation growth that can weaken the ground under the tracks.

 

Not sure if Railroad Ballast is the right material for you? We offer a variety of materials to meet your aggregate needs. Contact our knowledgeable sales team today to discuss your next project!

  • Tech Specs

    Size No. Sq. Opening 2.5" 2" 1.5" 1"
    Class 1 2"-3/4"   100 90-100 50-80
    Class 2       100 95-100
    Class 2 1"-3/8"     100 95-100
    Class 3 3/4"-0"       100

     

    Size No. 3/4" 1/2" 3/8" No. 4 No. 8
    Class 1 0-10 0-5      
    Class 2   25-60   1-10 0-5
    Class 2 40-75 15-35 0-15 0-5  
    Class 3 90-100 20-55 0-10 0-5 0-1

     

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