The Perfect Ballast Stone
Ballast Stone is also known as railroad ballast, walking ballast, mainline ballast, shortline ballast, yard ballast, AREMA ballast, AREMA 4a and AREMA 5 ballast. This material is used primarily for railroads as mainline ballast or cross walk material. Because the purpose of Ballast Stone is to improve drainage. Ordovician Dolomitic Limestone is the perfect source material. Ordovician Dolomitic Limestone’s physical properties enhance drainage and it’s interlocking shape helps to stabilize and disperse the load of the overall track structure.
Ballast Stone in Agricultural Construction
Ballast stone is very effective when used as a base for agricultural construction. It is a excellent choice of bedding material because of it’s drainage properties. These properties promote the stabilization of roadways where water or traffic may cause soft sections.
Producing Pattison Ballast Stone
Pattison produces Ballast Stone products in our state-of-the-art, jaw/cone crushing plant. Our plant features a compression crushing system that is designed to reduce fines and increase fractured faces. Pattison high quality Ballast Stone is excellent for shortline railroads and private company rail sidings.
Ballast Stone Direct to Rail Loadout
With a direct to rail transfer system, products move quickly from production to rail loading with minimal handling. This dramatically reduces product degradation and handling costs. Aggregates can be delivered directly onto railroad tracks with Pattison’s bottom dump hopper cars. This saves our customers additional handling costs.
Pattison’s facility offers multiple quality ledges that meet railroad specifications throughout the United States. When used in non-railroad environments such as roadways, superior freeze/thaw properties reduce maintenance costs and enhance durability. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say.