Laying track in warm weather

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mjb1961
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Laying track in warm weather

Postby mjb1961 » Tue May 14, 2019 5:37 pm

Hi ,,,,could someone just confirm that if laying track in warm weather you should leave a small expansion gap ,,,,I can't remember if you do or don't ,,,thanks mjb

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Re: Laying track in warm weather

Postby Roger (RJ) » Tue May 14, 2019 5:51 pm

Leave a gap in cold weather to allow room for the rails to expand when it gets hot.
So, in hot weather, the gaps should be closed up. Perhaps leave a gap the thickness of a piece of printer paper when laying track in warm weather.

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Re: Laying track in warm weather

Postby mjb1961 » Tue May 14, 2019 6:24 pm

Thanks Roger ,,,,mjb

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Re: Laying track in warm weather

Postby Bigmet » Wed May 15, 2019 8:21 am

Indoors or outside should be added as a consideration. Direct solar heating can raise the temperature well above ambient, so if laying outdoors in warm weather I would still leave a 1mm gap for the blazing hot day. (UK blazing hot, local knowledge required for those who live in a furnace heat location.)

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Re: Laying track in warm weather

Postby allan » Thu May 16, 2019 12:08 pm

Lay your track in hot weather - 45-48°C works well here in Adelaide. Solder melts quickly, too!

Well, maybe it doesn't have to be that hot, but take precautions if you're laying track in cold weather.


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