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Offline grr_1954  
#1 Posted : 05 April 2010 21:37:35(UTC)
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Hello,

In our forum in spanish, lCTM, there are many messages about cracks in sections of track C, especially in parts purchased before 2000 (and in some cases in other recently purchased). It's sort of material fatigue or degradation of the plastic.
It has changed the composition or the type of plastic used in its manufacture?
Marklin proudly proclaiming the excellence of BASF's Luran.

Can anyone comment on some similar experiences?

Regards,

Gerardo Rivero,
San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain.
Offline David Dewar  
#2 Posted : 05 April 2010 21:58:51(UTC)
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I have used C track now on two layouts. (same track) without any bother. Some have found that it cracks but I think this was an intial batch. Buy from a dealer who sells lots of it and you will have the most recent track from the factory.

dave
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Offline Webmaster  
#3 Posted : 05 April 2010 22:18:16(UTC)
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I have had problems with C-track, seems like that plastic roadbed gets brittle and breaks easily after a while... I'd say a C-track is very good for 5-6 years, since even my newest ones from 2002-2004 leave small pieces of plastic behind when I disassemble a temporary layout. Sometimes a corner of the trackbed or even the plastic lock hoops break too...

I suppose the characteristics are a bit dependent on humidity in the air and also temperature. I am not impressed by the quality of the plastic, since it's obviously deteriorating over time.

The track system itself is great, but as said - I am not impressed by the quality of the plastic used...
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Offline steventrain  
#4 Posted : 05 April 2010 22:53:34(UTC)
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I have read some other forum, I have brought C-tracks from date 2002 onwards and no sign of cracks.

Look out for Date of production mark under every c-track.

This picture show date said '3 05' (March2005), Remember don't buy old C-track date before 2000.

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Offline 5HorizonsRR  
#5 Posted : 05 April 2010 23:15:31(UTC)
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I have a wide array of C track from various ages and in the case of used purchases climates. My findings are that the stuff cracks like crazy, I must have thrown away $200 worth at used prices over the years. I'm really not happy about it, and I'm going to have a long hard look at K track next large layout I do. No matter how careful I get with the C, stuff seems to crack. Its amazing stuff when it stays together, I just wish they would make it with quality plastic...
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Offline Webmaster  
#6 Posted : 05 April 2010 23:22:45(UTC)
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Good to know I'm not alone with the problem...
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Offline rschaffr  
#7 Posted : 05 April 2010 23:43:17(UTC)
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The majority of the C track I won is down permanently on my era III layout. I do have an extended oval with switches in a starter set I bought for my grandson. That has been together and apart many many times without a problem. I will check the manufacture date on the track next time I get it out.
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Offline xxup  
#8 Posted : 06 April 2010 00:39:56(UTC)
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Gee.. Some of my track is over 40 years old and there is no sign of cracking.. Flapper Flapper Flapper

Marklin should bring back m-track or drop the price of C track to reasonable levels..

Dear Marklin, I would like to see 5200 contract track pieces.. That way I would not have to use Viessmann 5233 s88 units and wayward wagons could still be detected by the computer..
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Offline H0  
#9 Posted : 06 April 2010 01:18:26(UTC)
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steventrain wrote:
Remember don't buy old C-track date before 2000.

I have 3 pieces of track where something broke off - and IIRC they are from 2001.

I have no problems with 2002 and newer.
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Offline David Dewar  
#10 Posted : 06 April 2010 02:08:12(UTC)
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It does look like there is a bad batch somewhere as some of lots of faults and others like myself have none.
The track is so solid that I can stand on it without causing a problem (dont actually make a habit of this)
Perhaps those with a problem could get in touch with Marklin and ask why this happens and if they will replace the faulty parts.
C track is not cheap and I buy it because of the running qualities and its stength and it would be nice to know that Marklin can ensure this is the case for all my pals on the forum.

dave
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Offline steventrain  
#11 Posted : 07 April 2010 16:34:20(UTC)
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H0 wrote:
steventrain wrote:
Remember don't buy old C-track date before 2000.

I have 3 pieces of track where something broke off - and IIRC they are from 2001.

I have no problems with 2002 and newer.



Thanks for the note, Tom.
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Offline Marius in Africa  
#12 Posted : 07 April 2010 16:53:30(UTC)
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I agree with most of the opinions stated here C-track goes brittle and harden with age. I do not believe this problem only occurs with the pre 2000 track. Try to electrify / motorise your C-track turnouts after only a few months and see how the plastic breaks when you fit the screws!

Nowadays i lay the turnout in the sun for 15minutes to warm up the plastic and I use a lubricant on the screw threads. Then I fit the motor and turn the screws in about halfway only. Put the turnout back into the sun for 10 minutes or so and then only turn the screws in to the final position. But SLOWLY thought to give the plastic time to stretch and not break. The added heat and time seems to help a lot.

If you are going to use C-track fit all the under-track stuff when you buy the track, lay it, screw it down and leave it. It does not like to be taken apart time after time.
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Offline dntower85  
#13 Posted : 07 April 2010 17:33:51(UTC)
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Thanks Steven I would of never thought of looking for a build date stamp, but that looks harder to read than picking out a 24224 R2 curve from your R1 track.

side by side the pre-2000 track looks darker.
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Offline RayF  
#14 Posted : 07 April 2010 17:39:25(UTC)
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Marius in Africa wrote:
I agree with most of the opinions stated here C-track goes brittle and harden with age. I do not believe this problem only occurs with the pre 2000 track. Try to electrify / motorise your C-track turnouts after only a few months and see how the plastic breaks when you fit the screws!

Nowadays i lay the turnout in the sun for 15minutes to warm up the plastic and I use a lubricant on the screw threads. Then I fit the motor and turn the screws in about halfway only. Put the turnout back into the sun for 10 minutes or so and then only turn the screws in to the final position. But SLOWLY thought to give the plastic time to stretch and not break. The added heat and time seems to help a lot.

If you are going to use C-track fit all the under-track stuff when you buy the track, lay it, screw it down and leave it. It does not like to be taken apart time after time.


Funny, that's not my experience. I bought C track and used it occasionally in different track arrangements over a space of 2 or 3 years, then I fitted it with point motors for my permanent layout. After some time I have lifted several sections for alterations. Nothing has broken at all.

In contrast, one turnout I bought on ebay arrived broken in several places. Maybe that one is from the bad batch
Ray
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Offline tiono  
#15 Posted : 07 April 2010 17:43:17(UTC)
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I have Marklin digital starter set #29845, the oval tracks was used by my kid, and assembled/disassembled every few months. After around 3 years, almost all of the C-tracks crack or its locking guide was broken. The plastic quality is not impressive at all. But this set came from year 2000, so probably it belongs to the problematic batch.


Offline David Dewar  
#16 Posted : 07 April 2010 18:48:57(UTC)
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I have lifted turnouts over a period of 8 years many times and cleaned motors and decoders and replaced them all with no problems. I have 26 turnouts all of which are great and work well.
I know it is annoying when I say I have no problems when clearly others have but there must be something that causes this. Whether a bad batch or the climate changes (heat,damp etc)
As I said earlier in the thread why not take it up with Marklin as C track is made to be laid and taken apart many times.

Dave
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Offline mike c  
#17 Posted : 07 April 2010 19:12:01(UTC)
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I encountered this issue with my 29859 Set (2000). The plastic guide tabs for the contact clips started breaking off almost immediately. I contacted Maerklin and was provided details of their exchange offer for the track. Unfortunately, it seemed that they were willing to replace only those sections that had broken and not the entire trackage from the set in one shot. It would have been too costly and frustrating to send each track section back individually after the defect manifested itself. I resolved the issue by replacing most of the track sections with new ones. In order to make identifying the track sections, I used a applicator to apply a drop of ink on each section from the start set still in use, so that they are not confused with the newer (and so far intact) track sections.

Regards

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Offline dr rookie  
#18 Posted : 27 April 2010 21:21:26(UTC)
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Have same problem with you guys here most of the plastic guide of mine gone already. Are you guys trying say the K and M track are better then C track?
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Offline oz_train  
#19 Posted : 28 April 2010 05:12:15(UTC)
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Hello all,
there seems to be a wide variation in the experiences of members regarding C-Track failure. I have also noticed fragile behaviour... my son and I laid a reasonable sized "carpetbahn", and there were bits and pieces of C-Track everywhereAngry. We were careful as we laid and adjusted the track.

I do have a "large" selection of C-Track, from various sources, collected over 8 or so years - so random pieces may well be the "pre-2000" ones. However, I'm wondering if there is another factor involved here.

So, I'd like to ask... how do you all store your C-Track when it is not in use? In original boxes, loose in shelves, in other containers? I keep mine in closed plastic storage boxes, arranged per "type" (straights, curves, normal turnouts, curved turnouts etc), and I've often wondered whether this might be a factor in C-Track failure... Any thoughts?

regards,
John
Offline sudibarba  
#20 Posted : 28 April 2010 06:18:50(UTC)
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Well Ray, maybe this is the start of some new interesting posts that we miss. At any rate, I'm sort of feeling good about buying up a lot of brand new and nearly so M Track at about $1.25 average cost. As I have always felt, it was here for 50 years and will be there 50 years into the future. My grand kids and later will be able to use the same track. Now, I really need to quit buying these new Loks with C sine and can motors. They will never last either and will be extremely expensive to repair when they fail.

The old motors can be repaired by anyone and I feel sure parts will be available forever.

Just trying to stir it up a little.

Eric
Offline rhobson1968  
#21 Posted : 28 April 2010 06:18:59(UTC)
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There was an article a couple of years ago about M oursourcing the production and the company used to high of a percentage of regrind material while making the track. Regrind is common in injection molding but has to be limited or it will cause product to fail. The quality issue was never brought forth but was known according to the article. Could be one of those like Toyota... just hope my track doesn't take off on my own...Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh
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Offline sudibarba  
#22 Posted : 28 April 2010 07:10:58(UTC)
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rhobson1968 wrote:
There was an article a couple of years ago about M oursourcing the production and the company used to high of a percentage of regrind material while making the track. Regrind is common in injection molding but has to be limited or it will cause product to fail. The quality issue was never brought forth but was known according to the article. Could be one of those like Toyota... just hope my track doesn't take off on my own...Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh


That would be interesting to see. If Marklin allowed an unusual amount of regrind in the base then shame on them. Considering what they sell the track for (even wholesale)that would be a small cost advantage. Normally what happens, with injection molded parts like these, you start off with virgin resins only. Then, due to cost reduction pressures you slowly add regrind. Now, today, you normally only have hot runner tooling which eliminates most regrind unless you have horrible quality problems anyway.
If they were buying regrind from the outside for this product they have lost their minds.
Eric
Offline grnwtrs  
#23 Posted : 29 April 2010 23:44:54(UTC)
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I was a early sucker to buy C track. At the time I wanted to be able to set up a simple tablebahn for the grand-kids. Actually, it was a training (pun intended) device for them.
In reality for me. It gave me a chance to watch them play and be creative in setting up the ovals, passing tracks, and sidings. Something for them to do without having to do anything. Plus it gave my wife and I some free time after a hectic day with them.

It wasn't long until they showed me the pieces of C track that came off, mostly on the sides that didn't affect the running characteristic of the layouts they built. What bothered me most was the metal(you know the flimsy ones) that you connect up the power to the 6021 control unit. I personally must of broke off 4-5 different ones. But no matter, they were able to run the different trains, shunting operations as they wished.

They also set up the M track on the floor, as I have been buying it every time I see it offered. That was our start in the hobby in the mid-60's . Picked up quite a bit over the years, and when C track came out, there was a wholesale disposal of M track. I bought all I found at US $ 0.50 a section. Now look at the price. My plan all along was to set up a small layout for the conventional engines we have, that will not be converted to digital.

Unfortunately We still have a broken TV in our house, when the grand kids visit for a weekend..
I have a goodly number of K-track which I was going to use for a gran layout. That has yet to be built, and looking less likely as the engines pile up.
Offline Hemmerich  
#24 Posted : 30 April 2010 01:42:37(UTC)
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Offline David Dewar  
#25 Posted : 30 April 2010 01:47:53(UTC)
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I agree with Lutz that this is not an issue now. As said I have had C track for years and even the early parts are still OK. It has been used on two layouts and I have stood on a turnout (by mistake) with no problem.
The electrical connection is so much better and wiring is dead easy.
I have used other tracks and K is fine if you want to ballast but nothing else comes close to C.
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Offline mrmarklin  
#26 Posted : 02 May 2010 20:55:32(UTC)
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I was an early user of C Track beck in 1996 when it first came out. I was satisfied with the quality. But later batches have not fared so well. I have a fairly recent Swiss starter set (ca2004) that has problems and some of the batches I have bought in the last couple of years have also had problems. I like C Track, but this brittleness seems to be a batch to batch quality control problem. My 1998 mega starter set has been good quality for example.
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Offline Nixelbahn  
#28 Posted : 05 August 2010 22:44:55(UTC)
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Finally! I found this forum and see that I am not the only one with the brittle C-Track problem. I've called around to several dealers in the US, most notably the "big one" in PA, and ALL have denied any knowledge of this being a problem. "First I've heard of it!" is the frequent reply I get from many reputable dealers. In addition, I've searched on German websites as well (ich kann Deutsch) and again no information or acknowledgement that this is a problem.

All my C-Track is from 1998 to 2002, and all of it has problems with the road bed splitting or the fastening clips cracking off. I have a lot of this track that has been lovingly used and stored in the past years. It appears from the posts here that this is a manufacturing problem using substandard or short life plastics.

Too bad. I would have hoped that Märklin would have had more pride in their quality and not allowed such poor quality track to be produced.

Give me M-Track any day! Yes, yes, I know all the arguments about rust and prototypical appearance, but I must say my original M set from 1967 holds up like a champ and the metal has a curious tendency NOT to break! Fortunately I have a lot of that track as well, so I suppose I'll be passing all that to the grandkids one day instead of a box of black plastic crumblies.

Thanks for the info all!
Offline dntower85  
#29 Posted : 05 August 2010 23:38:05(UTC)
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Welcome to the forum NixelBahn,

The 2000 and newer C-track is much better.

I still think the design of the track is excellent, but its a shame that marklin didn't use a plastic like what is used in LGB's plastic ties. That stuff will most likely last forever.

DT
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Offline nevw  
#30 Posted : 06 August 2010 01:29:37(UTC)
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Maerklin were replacing faulty C track IF sent back to the factory and I believe that ,without any company announcements , the replacement is still being done, maybe Lutz (rezident expert on all things M) can enkighten us if this is still the policy.

I have a lot of new trach and I get some cracking on some track from different years, 2002-2007. Only clips cracking not road bed cracking.
Until I get a decent amount to send back it is not worth the cost of postage.
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Offline steventrain  
#31 Posted : 06 August 2010 12:27:29(UTC)
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Hi Nixelbahn,

Welcome to the forum.
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Offline river6109  
#32 Posted : 06 August 2010 13:01:57(UTC)
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I bought a quantity from ebay and it must of been produced when c-track was still brittle.
my turnouts and tracks, some of them are in bits and pieces but have glued it all back together with superglue.
New tracks I haven't had any problems with them.


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Offline David Dewar  
#33 Posted : 06 August 2010 13:43:11(UTC)
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With several hundred bits of C track I still await my first crack. Does this happen when track is broken up and relaid on a regular basis or to track which is laid and not touched (other then by trains)

dave
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Offline nevw  
#34 Posted : 06 August 2010 14:17:08(UTC)
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David Dewar wrote:
With several hundred bits of C track I still await my first crack. Does this happen when track is broken up and relaid on a regular basis or to track which is laid and not touched (other then by trains)

dave

DAve, usually happens when you want to relay track and if not careful in taking the track apart the small plastic bits near the eclectical connectors break.
No great harm BUT it can cause a slightly loose connection.
PS+ I have about 200 Metres of track.
NN
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Offline David Dewar  
#35 Posted : 06 August 2010 19:41:06(UTC)
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Hi Nev. I am now building a second layout with the track used from the last one and so far all is usable with nothing broken. The turnouts are also fine. Much of the track comes from around 2002/2003. I lay the track with a very small amount of copydex on the edges (a rubbery type glue) The glue hold the track but it is easy to lift it and the glue just peels away from the trackbed ready for the next layout.
What I do find with my C track is that the colour does fade over a period but can of course be repainted to any ballast type colour.
Would be good Nev if you could lay your 200 meters in a straight line and do an end to end layout. It is amazing the amount of the stuff you need to buy to built a layout but as long as mine lasts then i am happy.
Nothing worse than somebody who has a problem reading that somebody else thinks its wonderful lol. !!

Dave
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Offline Nixelbahn  
#36 Posted : 06 August 2010 19:56:40(UTC)
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First off, thanks all for the welcome. Great forum here and lots of good stuff from everyone in the hobby!

Dave, my issue started with the C-track about two years ago, simply pulling some out of the boxes and "C-licking" it together. At first it was the occasional snaps that hold the track together, one of the two side supports on the female socket would simply break out when I snapped the two pieces in. As I've taken the track apart and put it back up a few more times, more pieces started snapping away in the same location.

For the most part the track is secure until both supports on the female side of the track end break; then the track will not hold flush any longer. Not a problem if you have track screws and mount the track to some support board or road bed for a more semi-permanent layout. HOWEVER! My lastest problem with it, in the last 9 months, is the that the track is now starting to break off in chunks about the size of a dime or a nickel; mainly in the four corners area, and this is happening again with simple clicking it together for temporary runs, then putting it away for a few months. I'm sure it can glue together fine with super glue. Nonetheless, I'm still disappointed in the product coming from Märkin like that.

Regarding an exchange program outside of standard warranty, if anyone has details on what one needs to do with that, please let me know. I also would gather up a few dozen pieces to make it worth my while on the exchange.

Glad to here for most users the later track is not a problem.
Offline Ian555  
#37 Posted : 06 August 2010 20:02:21(UTC)
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Hi Nixelbahn,

Welcome to the forum. ThumpUp

Sorry to hear about your C track problems.

Ian.
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Offline David Dewar  
#39 Posted : 07 August 2010 00:58:12(UTC)
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Looks like there is not much can be done with the faulty C track but perhaps an email to Marklin would confirm. Could take a while to get an answer though. The track I understood should be used and taken apart many times and this was one of the selling points. My layout is permanent which is why i probably dont have any bother.

Per. 350 euros to upgrade a CS1 !!!! yuk sell it and get a CS2. That cost is almost the price of a CS1 when it was new.

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#40 Posted : 07 August 2010 01:00:52(UTC)
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Before I changed my layout to C track I would set up the track on the floor or the dining room table every few weeks to try out different track layouts.

I never had any piece of track break. Most of my track is from 2004/2005.
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#41 Posted : 07 August 2010 01:21:58(UTC)
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Guess you are lucky then, Ray... Cool
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#42 Posted : 07 August 2010 01:33:59(UTC)
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Guess you are lucky then, Ray... Cool


I guess...ThumpUp

I did buy some older pieces on ebay which arrived already broken. I had to glue them together with superglue.

Still, I find that M track is very sturdy and doesn't break easily, but it does bend and deform quite a bit, especially the rail joiners. I had a lot of trouble with my old M track turnouts as well, before I changed to C Track. The check rails were always going out of alignment, and the frogs (crossings) were badly worn.

I know we've discussed this in a previous thread, but I'm more convinced than ever that the cause of the C Track plastic going brittle must be environmental. Some people have lots of trouble, and some have none at all. Could it be exposure to UV, or extreme temperatures or humidity?
Ray
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#43 Posted : 07 August 2010 04:31:50(UTC)
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RayPayas wrote:
Webmaster wrote:
Guess you are lucky then, Ray... Cool


I guess...ThumpUp

...(...)...I know we've discussed this in a previous thread, but I'm more convinced than ever that the cause of the C Track plastic going brittle must be environmental. ...(...)...?


That's also my feeling.
2 or several factors in conjunction...??? RollEyes
It's now OK with the last 5 years production.
But with one former batch - it was around 2001/2002 - I noticed a few missing coach bolts (represented on the model as small plastic tabs....) without consequence , I still use those pieces of track.
At this time I used to clean my track with some kind of very efficient solvent. As I noticed the broken tabs (coach bolts) , I changed my way of cleaning track. Today I carefully avoid to put solvent on plastic. My solvent is only for the upper side of the metal rail.
Now I have no more problems. But I don't know if it is because I have changed my way of cleaning or if it is because some other different batchs. My former batch of track doesn't change: what was broken is broken, but no more broken coach colts...

We all use to clean our tracks. Many of us are using some solvents...Unsure
We also should avoid paint coating with solvents, may be....Water acrylic paints are probably more safe...

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#44 Posted : 07 August 2010 14:59:01(UTC)
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Cool

In my previous post in this topic I gave some wrong information ( Now deleted ); but it was as I was told on the phone yesterday.

Today I talked to the boss of the shop, and he gave me this information:

Märklin does not do the free CS1 upgrade anymore.

Instead the offer me to buy a new CS2 for half price.

This means that I get a brand new CS2 with 2 years warranty for 2440,- Danish kroner ( 350,- EURO )
( + my old CS1, which they kept.)

Phew BigGrin Not so bad after all.

I wolud however have preferred a CS1, since I want to use Touchcab on an Iphone.

Per.

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#45 Posted : 10 August 2010 00:00:04(UTC)
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Back to the "Fragile C tracks" topic:

I have some radius 2 C-track that was made in 1997!?!?! Is it possible to swap out the old track for new? If so, how does one do it in the US?--MM
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#46 Posted : 10 August 2010 00:12:18(UTC)
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mascagni wrote:
Is it possible to swap out the old track for new?

AFAIK Märklin is no longer replacing old C track free of charge.

Handle them with care, use them as long as they last - and buy new tracks when they are FUBAR.

Or sell 'em on eBay and buy new ones - should still be cheaper then having Märklin swap 'em.
Regards
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