Track ballast is the material which forms the trackbed upon which railroad ties (also known as “sleepers") are laid. It is packed between, below, and around the ties. It is used to bear the compression load of the railroad ties, rails, and rolling stock; to facilitate drainage; and keep down vegetation that can compromise the integrity of the combined track structure. Ballast also physically holds the track in place as the trains roll over it.
Of course in our model railways, the ballast is just there to make the track look realistic.
Pro Tip : Mix a few different color bags of ballast together to get a 'non-uniform' ballast color.
Shop our range of ballast from Hornby, Peco, Woodland Scenics & Noch.