Ever Wondered Why Are These Stones Alongside Railway Tracks?

Traveling in a train is an amazing experience itself. You get to witness the stunning vistas of nature, green fields, people, small ponds, small villages, the sun or moving with you and sometimes endless stretches of land. One more common thing you might have noticed sometime or other is the small stones lying alongside the tracks all over your journey in the train. You can trace them on every tracks. But ever wondered why they are there?

Have you ever given any thought to why there are almost always stones alongside a railway track? Well we will talk about it here. Let’s find out the answer.


Track Ballast


To start with, the stones that you see lying close to railway tracks are collectively called track ballast. It basically forms the trackbed on which the railway sleeper are kept. Track ballast is packed between the sleepers, in the areas below, and on the sides of railway tracks. I can already hear the question beginning to form in your head , that what’s a sleeper? Right?

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