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Ever Wondered Why There’s A Ton Of Crushed Rocks Between Train Tracks?

By Karly Carpena
August 25, 2016

1Have you ever wondered why they put crushed rocks on railroad tracks?

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2These stones under the tracks are called ballast.

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3Ballast is material that is used to provide stability to a vehicle or structure. And the wood sleepers keep a firm hold of the rails.

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4The stones also keep the rail tracks in place and help prevent the wooden beams from sliding.

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5They also raise the ground, and prevent the rails from getting flooded, by draining the water.

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Plus, they prevent the growth of weeds and any kind of vegetation that would interfere with the correct functioning of the rails. So, as you now know, they are exteremely important!