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Running Model Trains After Hurricane Ida Flood

Gary was impacted by Hurricane Ida and asks:

“We had IDA dump 10” in our basement. None of my O scale train equipment was damaged. My question is, the track. I had kept a 50-55 degree humidity. It has come down to good numbers. I’m worried about the track surface. What should I do and/or use.”

4 Responses to Running Model Trains After Hurricane Ida Flood

  • Dale says:

    Clean it and inspect it for warping and misalignment from the roadbed swelling and deforming. (I hope you left some unsoldered joiners to allow for expansion/contraction from temperature changes.)

    My guess is that unless it was actually submerged it should only require a good cleaning.

  • Frank B says:

    If you have nickel-silver track, it should survive ok, because even the oxide is conductive.
    Dampness may cause corrosion in joins between different metals, which can cause problems in electrical connections, so check them carefully.

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