Travelling via railways is always fun as you get to see amazing landscapes throughout the journey, it could be the river or huge meadows filled with greenery, but not to forget the railway tracks. They're always covered with pieces of stones, be it anywhere, they're always there. Everyone loves crossing the tracks but walking on those crushed stones is not a cakewalk.
It has been clearly said that crossing a railway track can be highly dangerous. As a matter of fact, 1 out of 200 people doing this loses their life, yet still, we do it anyway. I am sure many of us have crossed a railway track at least once in our lives, but it still involves way too much risk which isn't really worth taking.
Coming back to the point, have you ever wondered the reasons why these pebbles are kept on the track? If not, let us find out on these points below.
These tonnes of crushed stones between the train tracks are called ballast. It is basically used to form the track bed on which the railway sleepers are kept. Track ballast is used to pack the sleepers from each side to make the track steady. They are made out of broken stones, gravel, sand, brick ballasts, cinder, etc.
An appeal: Don't play with your life by crossing those tracks!