103 Black Cinder




Black Cinder Ballast 103 is a black cinder for any railroad that uses black ballast cinder for the railroad.

1030 Powder
1031 N Scale Ballast
1032 HO Scale Ballast
1033 Large “O” Scale Ballast
1034 G Scale Ballast
1035 Large Rocks
1037 Large Boulders

After being ejected out of a volcano, crushed black cinder/volcanic rock gets its appearance from the simultaneous rapid cooling and depressurization process. black Cinder Sand has small cysts, which is what causes it to be so light in weight. We crush these down to make 103 Black Cinder Ballast

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Ties/Sleepers are placed on ballast to forms the trackbed upon which the track placed. It is packed between, below, and around the ties and ballasted 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. Many modelers consider ballasting a chore, but one that is necessary to get the right look.

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The ballast for railway modelers comes in many sizes and colors. You will need to choose the size—this dependant on the scale of your model railway. Choose the color because of the location of your railway. Size is critical as over or under size ballast looks wrong. Colour is not as important as variations occurred around the country dependant on what local stone was available. It is possible to combine two colors to create the effect you require, but mixing the materials must be done accurately to allow you to combine the two colors again should you need more material. Choose the size and color that are appropriate for your scale and locale and complement the colors of your scenery. 

Additional information

Weight 11.5 oz
Dimensions 4.2 × 2.7 × .85 in

0 Powder, 1 N Scale, 2 HO Scale, 3 Large "O" Scale, 4 Rocks "G" Scale, 5 Large Rocks, 7 Large Boulders

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Can't do a steam or transition era railroad with out this. Yard leads , around power plants, and any where steam locomotives are service d.

Joe B.
United States United States
Excellent product

I model the transition error and have places with cinder ballast. This ballast is extremely realistic and the best part is it is non-magnetic, so it won't cause shorts like some other brands cinder ballast. I highly recommend ARM products!

Don J.
United States United States
Best ballast available

I bought a couple different ARM samples to try after using other brands that I was not satisfied with. I will never buy another brand. Best ballast out there in my opinion. Highly recommend !!

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Alexander B.
Have Not Received Product

Ordered this. Have never received it. I have emailed and messaged on FB about the issue, but no response.

Jack M.
Short Line Ballast

I was looking for the old "Highball" black cinder ballast but the company is gone so found out about ARM ballast. I sent for one package and liked the appearance so bought what I hope will do most of my layout. I like that it has the orange flecks like the clinkers found on the old B&O line I remember as a kid. I sure beats the ground walnut shells that another major manufacturer sells! Good customer service and I would recommend this particular product.