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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 one that offers numerous maintenance and safety advantages.

Granite has many more properties than most conventional types of ballast as it’s much harder wearing overall. We’ve provided track ballast across the nation, acting as suppliers to Network Rail, heritage railways and narrow gauge railways throughout the UK and worldwide.

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.

Conventional ballast has a tendency to erode/break down over time. This can cause a range of issues that aren’t acceptable with modern-day railway lines. If the track ballast wears over time and develops gaps and dips, the line itself can deviate over time. This can cause huge issues with track alignment which is something that has to be avoided at all costs. Granite is becoming more and more popular in its use for track ballast as it’s density and strength mixed with its angular shape make for a hard-wearing ballast that can stay strong for decades. 

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

World Wide Shipping

Trade World Wide
Shipping deliveries from Leith in Edinburgh

Train Deliveries

Full access to loading facilities for railway links UK wide.

Loose Loads

Some products are also available in a loose tipped load

Cloburn Ballast use in the reinstating of the Ferryhill Turntable in Aberdeen to Network Rail.

Premium Railway Track Ballast

Premium track ballast has to 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. Granite has all of these properties and should be your next material if you’re looking for track ballast for your project. 

Why work with Cloburn?

We are committed to delivering a quality product to all of our customers. From our commitment to stringent production to our attention to detail with our logistics, we can guarantee that you’re given nothing but the best service when you work with us. 

Running our own quarry allows us to control all variables that determine the level and quality of our service. This ensures that we are consistent with our service from production to the finished product. We want nothing but the best for our customers which is why we promise to deliver a quality service to you, our customer. 

We work with our client’s finding a way of working with them in a manner that suits them best. From creating bespoke services to delivering product on time, we can find a way of fulfilling everyone’s needs! If you have any questions then please get in touch with a member of the Cloburn team today!

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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