I've been having an email discussion with several model railroaders who
are convinced that wood changes length with humidity. It must, because
their track is developing kinks :-).
I've quoted websites and books that prove they're wrong, but it doesn't
faze the true believers. Seems politics and religion aren't the only
areas in which opinion trumps facts :-).
OK, it does move a little - according to the wood handbook 0.1%-0.2% from
totally green to over dry. That's about 0.1" in 8'. And I doubt they're
using green wood :-).
OTOH, some of the same folks are convinced that Homasote (a pressed paper
product) does not move from wet to dry.
You meet the nicest people on a keyboard :-).
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
Depending on which particular Homasote(tm) product, it's not
processed/recycled paper base but wood fiber and they're not bad wrong
on expansion properties...
The last is pretty much equivalent to longitudinal wood movement.
Would have to see the construction techniques, materials and know the
actual conditions to have a clue on the actual cause(s) behind reported
incidents. One would guess combination of things in most cases the most
likely being design/construction/environmental control issues w/
materials coming in there somewhere.
Have they ruled out the metal rails of the track changing length
with changing temperature? Some RR'ers solder the track section
joints for better electrical performance and some don't. Those that
don't have some expansion room in the joints to accommodate the
On Fri, 4 Jun 2010 16:48:04 +0000 (UTC), Larry Blanchard
So, have you sold them a januwine Wood Shrinking Unit yet, LB?
Say "Halelujah!" and pass the mashed potatoes.
P.S: It's nice to know that the Wreck isn't the only source of cracked
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor
the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
-- Charles Darwin
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