How much ballast is to much!

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Dakota train, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. Dakota train

    Dakota train Member

    Must of been a friday, when this track was ballasted?sign1

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  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    If they haven't tamped it yet, or if it will settle more, then it is probably the right amount! ;)

    On some of the tracks near my old house, the ballast came right up to the railhead between the tracks and outside!

  3. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    maybe the tamper broke down :D
  4. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    I think it just depends on what the track is serving. If that track is serving a gravel pit then it is good becase of all the overflow from the hoppers and trucks driving around. Also if it is a coal mine (well it would pretty much have to be black), lumber yard or any other major industry were cars and trucks drive over them on a regular basis.
  5. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    In my early ballasting attempts, I sort of did the same thing on my layout, and I'm still trying to clean up the excess! :)

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