Ballast Color

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Sat Dec 3 19:32:29 EST 2005

Arizona Rock makes a ballast color thatis used by NS. They used to make one for N&W and VGN.

Below is the link to their site.

Russ Goodwin
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Since we’re on the subject, where did VGN get their ballast and what color was it? Thanks.

Rob Doorack
Guilford, CT

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In the 1960’s and 1970’s up to the merger, the N&W used get cars and cars of limestone from the Plum Run quarry near Peebles Ohio the Cincinnati District for use as ballast. The limestone was a very pale gray in color. After the merger the ballast stone came from a quarry owned (?) by the Southern. This was a gray, feldspar-looking stone.

I am reasonably sure that the Plum Run ballast was used system wide on the N&W in those days. It sure was used on Scioto Division track in abundance.

Gary Rolih

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Subject: Ballast Color

What is the correct ballast color for the Pocahontas District or the Clinch Valley District circa the '60s or '70s?
Paul Mandelkern
Winter Park, FL

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