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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 05:11 PM UTC
Railroad modeling is being fortified with an ever expanding selection of models in the dominate military scale of 1/35. The Project Armor35 is an endevour from Russia to create accurate 1/35 German and Soviet railway track circa the Great Patriotic War. Armor35 produces track and rail spikes in resin, wooden and resin sleepers (cross ties), scaled sand and stone ballast, coal, and now figures.


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Thanks, Fred. Is there a distinctive look to Russian and German track ballast?
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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 02:24 PM UTC

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Thanks, Fred. Is there a distinctive look to Russian and German track ballast?



Hi Bill,

I can not say. Recently I have looked at many photos of Russian and German track ballast so that I'll have an idea what I'm talking about. Short answer: no.

Long answer: ballast looks like the rock available in the region the track runs through. In the USA, there are (were?) about 2 dozen distinct types of ballast used on main lines. In much of the south limestone is prevalent, while quartzite is used in the and Midwest. In Chicago & North Western territory there is a pinkish ballast called "Pink Lady", and out around Phoenix I recall the ballast being tannish-brown like the local stone.

I don't know if the Soviets centralized ballast and what their 'usual' gravel.