Railway Track Ballast

Quality Granite Railway Ballast

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

31.5/50m Network Rail Approved Track Ballast

Hard and durable micro granite, hard wearing and long lasting with low attrition value.

Rail 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.

Rail Track Ballast

Which stone is best for rail track ballast?

Granite has many more properties than most conventional types of rail track 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 rail 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 railway track ballast

Colburn rail ballast, Network Rail approved and widely used on the UK rail network!

Network Rail approved track ballast

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

Track ballast on railway

Track ballast that’s highly trusted and used across the UK!

Premium Railway Track Ballast

Cloburn track ballast is a perfect material for rail tracks. It can withstand the toughest of conditions and has hard-wearing surfaces that don’t wear down quickly, making it an excellent choice when you need a high-quality ballast that can withstand hydrocarbons or water exposure without fail! Granite is a cost-effective and incredibly strong material, so if you need Track Ballast, it makes sense to buy direct from Clobburn.

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 top quality railway ballast and 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.

Our logistical team will ensure that your ballast delivery needs are met. Our delivery service covers all of Europe, the UK, and some of the most remote areas on earth!

Customers from the UK, Europe, and Worldwide can benefit from Train Deliveries direct from Lanark. For those where rail may not be the best option, we can arrange shipment to any port in the world from Leith Docks. No matter how large or small your order is, we can provide accurate shipping costs for many locations. Please contact our logistics team at 01555 807966 if you have any questions regarding ballast deliveries, requirements or timeframes.

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!

Red Granite Track Ballast
Cloburn Quarry
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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