Re: Resistance Leak from Fast Track turnouts

Richard Sutcliffe


All this will be true with the Fast Tracks system, but this discussion started about turnouts, and track, that were built long before Fast Tracks came along.
Both situations I described did happen.
I mean like 30 plus years ago, when I first used home cut PC ties in the late 1970’s.
Yes, a low “current" leak is an applicable term too.

On Mar 1, 2020, at 11:32 AM, Gary Chudzinski <chudgr@...> wrote:

Richard Sutcliffe writes:
Both cases there was a very high resistance short, just a tiny leak of current.
I’m sure many can relate to the term resistance leak.


For me, the term, resistance leak, is somewhat confusing!  How does resistance leak?  I think current leak better identifies the problem you describe!  Also, as one that has built many turnouts in S gauge, I don't see how applied heat during assembly could reduce the insulation  between the top and bottom foils to the point that they could come close to touching, unless the person uses excessive heat from the solder iron, or the CB ties are much thinner than Fast Tacks ties.  Forty to fifty Watt irons are sufficient to get a good flow of solder.  Further, the majority of heat should be applied to the rail base rather than the CB foil.  So, perhaps the flaw is in the application of heat.  Again, the instructions are very clear and detailed on how to apply the flux and heat!  The small swabs are perfect for applying the right amount of flux to the ideal location!  Early on, Fast tracks sold acid flux with precise instructions on how to cleanup.  However, resin flux is now a better option!  I'm wondering if acid flux was used and broke down the CB insulation material causing the high resistance short??

Gary Chudzinski

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