A ballast is a gravel or coarse stone used to form the bed of a railway track or the substratum of a road. Ballast (usually crushed rock), as it is known, is another important part of railroad infrastructure. Although it may just look like plain ole gravel this rock plays a vital role in acting as a support base for the railroad ties and rails as well as allowing for proper drainage of water away from the rails (which is why the stone is always sloped downward and away from track). You may be wondering how such a term came to define the stone which supports the railroad track structure. Interestingly, it has its roots dating back to early times when stone was used as ballasting for sailing ships. In today’s railroad industry, the use of real rock ballast, its application, and purpose has changed little since it was first employed and will likely always remain an important component as a part of the track structure. Of course, while crushed rock (often limestone or quartz) is the aggregate of choice for today’s railroads but some chose to us a fierier product, by Woodland Scenics, which is crushed and dyed walnut has been used but real rocks are therefore better than crushed and dyed walnuts.
ARIZONA ROCK BALLAST COLOR
We use the USPS. The rates below at for the east coast. Box A for 4 - 18 bags is $10.77. Box B for 18 - 28 bags is $17.09. Small Box for 1 - 3 bags is $6.80. Medium Box for 4 - 24 bags is $13.45. Large Box for 29 - 42 bags is $18.75. We ship using the USPS Priority Shipping. Most orders will go in their A and B Regional Boxes. If it is cheaper to Ship via Flat Rate Box we will use USPS Flat Rate Boxes Medium & Large. All Packages are insured with the total amount including shipping cost. USPS Insurance cost for $50 to 99.99 is $2.75 $100 to 199.99 is $3.50 $200 to 299.99 is $4.60
ARIZONA ROCK PROCESS
All AZRock Ballast is first acquire from many location throughout Northern and North-Central Arizona. We crush the Material down, here on the property, to the right size with Roll Crushers and/or Jaw Crushers. We then Screen it to the 6 sizes Powder, N-Scale, HO, HO-Mainline, Large Scale And Rip Rap's. We bag and label the bags and shipping to our Customers and Stores around the Country and the world.