1170 Santa Fe Mauve Base Powder
1171 Santa Fe Mauve N Ballast
1172 Santa Fe Mauve HO Ballast
1173 Santa Fe Mauve HO Mainline Ballast
1174 Santa Fe Mauve Large Scale Ballast
1175 Santa Fe Mauve Rip/Rap
Track ballast forms the trackbed upon which railroad ties (sleepers) are laid. It is packed between, below, and around the ties. It is used to bear the load from the railroad ties, to facilitate drainage of water, and to keep down vegetation that might interfere with the track structure. The ballast also holds the track in place as the trains roll over it. It consists of crushed stone. The term “ballast” comes from a nautical term for the stones used to stabilize a ship.