Late in June the last rails were laid and the ballasting, such as it was, was well under way.
In the permanent way and ballasting, the reduction will be about one-half.
This is called a "ballasting resistance" and is usually an iron wire in a glass bulb containing hydrogen.
Meanwhile, others had been ballasting the boat with boulders from the beach.
I mean all he wants is ballasting with a little of that business spirit which we call American push.
Here is a specimen that I got right here where they are ballasting the road.
A large number of men were shoveling the gravel onto flat cars, to be hauled on the line of the railroad for ballasting the track.
One reason for deferring the masonry work as well as the ballasting was the inability to handle the necessary supplies.
He has tacked that attachment notice onto a poor innocent old car filled with ballasting cinders.
Very imperfect grading and ballasting was done in the hasty building of this road.
"heavy material used to steady a ship," 1520s, from Middle English bar "bare" (see bare; in this case "mere") + last "a load, burden," or borrowed from identical terms in North Sea Germanic and Scandinavian (cf. Old Danish barlast, 14c.). "Mere" because not carried for commercial purposes. Dutch balg-last "ballast," literally "belly-load," is a folk-etymology corruption.