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Ever Wondered Why There's A Ton Of Crushed Stones Between Train Tracks?

Everyone loves crossing railway track but walking on those crushed stones is not a cakewalk. While it is clearly said that crossing a track is highly dangerous; 1 out of 200 people trying to do that have to lose their life. I am sure you might also have crossed a railway track at least once in your life.

Coming back to the point, have you ever questioned the reason behind those pebbles?

If not let's find out!

Ever Wondered Why There's A Ton Of Crushed Stones Between Train Tracks?

Ever Wondered Why There's A Ton Of Crushed Stones Between Train Tracks?

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Did it ever strike your mind?

Did it ever strike your mind?

These tons of crushed stones between the train tracks are called ballast.

These tons of crushed stones between the train tracks are called ballast.

The crushed stones are meant to keep the wooden rail ties in place.

The crushed stones are meant to keep the wooden rail ties in place.

These wooden sleepers help to keep a firm hold of the tracks.

These wooden sleepers help to keep a firm hold of the tracks.

But these stones are not smooth, they have sharp edges so that the wooden beams don't slide over each other.

But these stones are not smooth, they have sharp edges so that the wooden beams don't slide over each other.

The stones help to facilitate ground movement, weight variance and also allows the rain water to drain through the tracks.

The stones help to facilitate ground movement, weight variance and also allows the rain water to drain through the tracks.

These crushed stones form the base of the ground, which makes the ground rise higher thus protecting the tracks from getting flooded.

These crushed stones form the base of the ground, which makes the ground
 rise higher thus protecting the tracks from getting flooded.

It also inhibits the growth of weeds and vegetation that would quickly take over the track.

It also inhibits the growth of weeds and vegetation that would quickly take over the track.

If a ballast is badly fouled, the clogging will reduce its ability to drain properly; this, in turn, causes more debris to be sucked up, causing more fouling.

If a ballast is badly fouled, the clogging will reduce its ability to 
drain properly; this, in turn, causes more debris to be sucked up, causing more fouling.

Therefore, keeping these crushed stones is extremely important.

Therefore, keeping these crushed stones is extremely important.

An appeal: Don't play with your life by crossing those tracks!

One shouldn't play with one's life by crossing those railway tracks, isn't it?

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