I have had a track melt down. Why?

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  1. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    I wondered if this has happened to anyone else the pictures tell the story.

    I worked down stairs today , and that is when I noticed it, there are no tell tale marks as to why this happened the rail shows no heat marks from outside interference :eek:

    The track has had no permanet power to it only today I wired it up and ran a train that let me know the track was slightly out of gauge.

    Any ideas? :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :D

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  2. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    odd. any heat source at all nearby - furnace vent, etc? Or chemical melting - acetone or paint thinner will do that.

    kevin
  3. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

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    Boy, is that ever weird, Chris. Please let us know if you figure out what happened.
  4. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    That went through my mind too Kevin.
    Steve I figured it out 5 minuets after I posted it :rolleyes:
    Wise crafter got it in one over at 2guyz.

    :D I`ll tell ya all later unless some one wins the prize :D
  5. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    I would think that if the track oveheated because of a short, it would melt the ties a lot different. I agree, this looks like a chemical burn like acetone or laquer thinner. Direct heat would have to be very close and very hot to do this.

    Any change of sabatoge or someone playing a prank on you?
  6. Marxed

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    how old is the track... and how long did it take to melt?

    if you sat a lamp or spotlight next to it... the heat from that would do it...


    given the melt i can almost visualize the location of the source if it was heat related... soo i wouldnt be suprized if it was a lamp or lighting device... or maybe it was near a hot water pipe... winter is coming around and it's the season for heaters to be turned on
  7. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    I did that back in my teens, needed light for something I was doing, thought it was handy that the rails would keep the light bulb from rolling! Never considered how hot bulbs get. Wound up with a more serious problem as it was a turnout that melted, 1/2 of it behind a tunnel portal.

    Gary
  8. interurban

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    CavlrZ and Gary, hit the nail on the head

    I remembered after posting this that I had a trouble lamp with me last week and put it down on the track.

    So I owe you both a pint.
    Next time you are in Toronto...... :D :D :D
  9. interurban

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    All that flew through my mind Don.
    Then I realised i was the Stupid )(*&()*&(* that had done it.
    So I gave myself a slap. :D
  10. Marxed

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    i havn't been in toronto since about 8 years?? i did the skydome tour while they were setting up for a rolling stones concert and went up the CN Tower... i might have to stop again for that pint :D


    btw, this is my 200th post :D :D :D
  11. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Rather unique---and short-lived, no doubt---weathering technique ;)
  12. Marxed

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    if anyone is planning a willy wonka or hersey's chocolate rail-road layout, you got your technique, it does look like melting slabs of of chocolate
  13. train1

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    I thought it was some new type of curve super-elevating technique.........,
  14. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Cavlrz...

    I was thinking the same thing... "Note to self - Don't make ties out of chocolate... Mmmmmm, chocolate..." ;) :D

    Andrew
  15. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Had a pet dragon once, used to get indigestion a lot, had to go with asbestos ties to prevent that kind of thing. He ate a politician once, all that hot air, along with his fire,......'bout burned down half the town, had to get rid of him. Shame though, after that I had to install an auto pilot in the furnace, and buy a lighter for the grill. :D :D
  16. interurban

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    Did you give that dragon my address??????? :rolleyes: :D
  17. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Have you heard the flapping of leather wings??? :D :D :D