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125 Pink Granite Pink Lady Ballast

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Pink Granite

Pink Lady Ballast is a form of decomposed granite aggregate that is often chosen as the decomposed granite ballast used to support the rails in railway construction. As with roadbuilding, granite aggregate is popular with track layers due to its strength, durability, and excellent drainage-promoting qualities.

Granite is the most common igneous rock (rocks formed through the cooling and solidification of magma or lava) on Earth. In the case of granite, it originally crystallizes below Earth’s surface, where its slow cooling allows large crystals to form. You may have seen granite take shape as some of America’s favorite sights like Yosemite Valley or a few guys on Mount Rushmore. Granite has also been mined and used for daily applications for thousands of years, from ancient hand tools to modern-day countertops.

Decomposed granite as a crushed stone form is used as a pavement building material. It is used on driveways, garden walkways, bocce courts and petanque terrain and urban, regional, and national park walkways and heavy-use paths. DG can be installed and compacted to meet handicapped accessibility specifications and criteria. Different colors are available based on the various natural ranges available from different quarry sources, and polymeric stabilizers and other additives can be included to change the properties of the natural material. Decomposed granite is also sometimes used as a component of soil mixtures for cultivating bonsai.

While DG is most commonly used for paths, driveways, garden trails, and as a xeriscape ground cover, it can also be used to create smooth visual transitions between formal garden and wilderness. One of its advantages is that it breaks down, so any DG that migrates into a lawn or planting beds does not cause problems the way gravel does. Lining a path or patio with a black metal strip (which will disappear if buried low enough) will help keep it in place.

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Additional information

Weight 11.5 oz
Dimensions 4.2 × 2.7 × .85 in
scale

0 Powder, 03 Sand and Gravel, 1 N Scale, 2 HO Scale, 3 Large "O" Scale, 4 Rocks "G" Scale

More Info

This Pink Lady is the real deal, just on a smaller scale to fit your needs!  This ballast is used by many railroads throughout the country but is particularly known for its use by the Chicago Northwestern (CNW).  Another railroad that uses is Pink Lady is  Wisconsin Southern (WSOR).  There are several grades (particle sizes) to choose from, as well as package sizes.  We acquire it directly from the quarry in the same area that supplies the “real railroads.  It is also suitable for many other model applications.  It is typically used alongside roads, in landscapes, or railcar loads.  It could also be used for those who model farm dioramas, dollhouses, war games, or fairy gardens.  Your imagination only limits its use. Choose the particle size appropriate for your scale.

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DT
11/17/2020
Daniel T.
US US
Pink granite

I loved the color. It matched the ballast right outside my house perfectly. I like that it's real Rock and stays in place when you glue it. I live along a Canadian Pacific main line.

EK
08/02/2020
ERIC K.
US US
Spot on

True C&NW color frome the pits in Wisconsin.

MB
11/14/2019
Mike B.
US US
Ballast

Have not yet installed the ballast, but it looks really good. I needed a mix to get a certain color I was looking for, and I believe this will work good.