115 Empire Builder Basalt


A bluish-grey ballast

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Edward S.
Balast and stones

First time buyer. What a great niche for Modelers. Real stone to many scales. I filled my Marklin 1 scale gondolas With different colored Rock and balast and the train “rocks”

John C.
Australia Australia
1151 Empire Builder Basalt N Scale Ballast

Along with a number of other ARM products, I have always found a consistency of product quality and colour. I feel this is important when attempting to match existing areas being repaired. Philip Anderson, and now is son George, have always provided excellent service. Being in Australia, special quarantine requirements are necessary in order for this type of product to be imported. For each shipment ordered, ARM have always provided the special documentation I requested. Shipments were packed securely and always received without damage.

Harry J.
Empire Builder Ballast

This product is exactly what I was looking for to make rock loads for some Sn3 D&RG gondolas.

Thomas D.
115-2 Empire Builder Basalt (HO)

I was looking for a special mix of ballast to match some old ballast I had on hand. This color was a good match as the base color and I added a small amount of 130-2 and 117-2 to come up with the final mix. George Anderson was extremely helpful in helping with the colors and mixture combination. It's a darkish, grimy look I use for my sidings on my HO layout.

Gerald W.
Best ballast ever!

Best ballast ever! I wanted something that resembled the 1960s over Tennessee pass in Colorado. The pictures on the website and the guidance from the staff gave me exactly what I was looking for. It was a small grain which fit perfectly!


115 Empire Builder Basalt is a blueish grey ballast.

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Track ballast forms the trackbed upon which railroad ties (sleepers) are laid. It is packed between, below, and around the ties. It is used to bear the load from the railroad ties, to facilitate drainage of water, and to keep down vegetation that might interfere with the track structure. The ballast also holds the track in place as the trains roll over it. It consists of crushed stone. The term “ballast” comes from a nautical term for the stones used to stabilize a ship.

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Additional information

Weight 11.5 oz
Dimensions 4.2 × 2.7 × .85 in

0 Powder, 03 Sand and Gravel, 1 N Scale, 2 HO Scale, 3 Large "O" Scale, 4 Rocks "G" Scale, 5 Large Rocks, 6 Boulders, 7 Large Boulders