Important Notice: Barnstaple Model Railway Exhibition

We will be attending the Barnstaple Model Railway Exhibition (EX32 7BU) on the Saturday 27th July. As a result we shall be closed on Friday 26th July.

This means that any orders placed after 9am on Thursday 25th July will be posted upon our return on Monday 29th July. There may be a backlog of orders during this time so there may be a small delay in your order being shipped to you.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Ballast

In real life track ballast forms the trackbed upon which railway sleepers are laid. It is packed between, below, and around the sleepers. It is used to bear the load from the tracks and trains, to facilitate drainage of water, and also to keep down vegetation that might interfere with the track structure.

In model form we use it to simulate the appearance of the real thing and it does nothing structurally with track laying.

Different sizes and colours of ballasts are available for use on model railway and the choice of colour will depend on the real thing used in the area you are modelling. We stock grey and brown and they come in fine and very fine options. Works best when combining two different sizes.