Modelling the E&N in HO Scale in my basement

Sun kinks?


Well then. So much for “trackwork that never goes out of gauge.”

Came downstairs to do some wiring work and when I glanced over to the ballast pit spur to set down a reel of wire, noticed something rather odd. And there you have it, a sun kink/heat buckle at one of the worst possible spots.

I thought the basement was a relatively stable climate for the railway and now finding out that I need to adjust track laying practices to ensure there is some room for movement in the rail.


Will post more as repair efforts are done.

3 Responses

  1. James Powell

    Na, it looks like the E&N C 2011 🙂

    (well, if you bury the ties, and make every 5th one actually hold the rail, the rest are just ornaments…)

    Great to see updates,


    November 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    • Jon Calon

      I hear ya on that James. Problem is, less ties secured means the railway won’t operate worth beans. And given this is modelling 1988, the trackage was marginally better…

      November 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

  2. Hi, Your “kink brought back memories. Mid 1960’s
    on my basement layout in Calgary I had a double headed CN 2-6-0 freight climbing a loop on code 70 N/s handlaid track.It started to cut ties.’Same reason, track laid in the summer, cool and expanded in the warmer basement in winter, at a joint.large gap with flexible Jumper wires fixed it.
    I remember spending time at Chinook Hobbies when Hans and Donna moved down from his previous store on 14st SW at about 20th st?
    that’s dating me quite a bit.Don’t get over the rockpiles between Nanaimo and Calgary so often any more. Very interesting following your construction. Cheers

    February 24, 2012 at 6:19 pm

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