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Railway Track Ballast

Cloburn Quarry has been supplying high specification track ballast since 1896! It is recognised as the country’s number one railway track ballast.

Railway track ballast forms the bed on which sleepers are laid and is traditionally packed between, below and around the ties. The idea is that it is used to help drain water away, while also minimising the vegetation that could potentially impact the railway structure. It also helps to hold the track in place while trains roll by and so what many see as simply an aesthetic measure is actually one that offers numerous maintenance and safety advantages.


Suppliers to Network Rail, heritage railways and narrow gauge railways throughout the UK and worldwide.

Generally, angular stones should be used ahead of rounded stones simply because they interlock with each other which can help to reduce track movement. Granite, such as Cloburn Red, is one of the best materials for the job as it will not degrade under load when wet. Few rock types meet the stringent criteria for modern high speed railway lines and Cloburn sets the standard for all the rest. 

Premium track ballast must be strong, impervious to hydrocarbons and water and have a smooth hard-wearing surface. Cloburn track ballast meets all these criteria and has the added advantage of being cost-effective.  This means that you can get the best possible ballast for your rail network without the need for massive expense

World Wide Shipping

Train Deliveries

Loose Loads

Trade World Wide
Shipping deliveries from Leith in Edinburgh

Full access to loading facilities for railway links UK wide.

Some products are also available in a loose tipped load

Delivery Details

Cloburn Quarry is located near Lanark, Scotland. Delivery throughout the UK and worldwide via bulk bags or tipper trucks.

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