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How To Ballast Mountain Terrain Track

HO enthusiastic Jerry asks:

“I understand that, (in the real world), the stone ballasting is necessary for several reasons, including the keep the track from shifting.  And in most mountains, that are just dirt, that works the same as it does on flat ground.  But what do the railroad companies do in mountains that are solid rock? I imagine they cut a pathway, and need to plane it flat.  But then what?  I don’t suppose even ballasted track on solid rock would stay put.  So I wonder what they do so that I can know how to make the portions of my track that is on the outsides of mountain terrain, and therefore visible, look realistic.”

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  • Dale Arendssays:

    The tracks aren’t generally laid directly on solid rock. The process of creating and leveling the right of way results in a lot of rock debris and dirt. Much of this is used to create a sub-roadbed that is usually wider than the track, including the ballasted shoulders. Track is then laid on that and ballasted. This allows for decent drainage when it rains (or snows).

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