black rail track

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Marxed, Apr 23, 2005.

  1. Marxed

    Marxed Member

  2. Livesteam

    Livesteam Member

    Are the rails painted black? i have never heard of it
  3. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Is that really old track or a new set? It looks as if it may have weathered to that colour over the years.
  4. Marxed

    Marxed Member

    i don't think they are painted... cause the train does run on them
  5. Marxed

    Marxed Member

    it's a old set... but the track is perfect and conducts electricity just as good as my newer track
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    There are products (Hobby Black is one) that will chemically change metals to a black colour. They may or may not conduct electricity, depending on what you read.
  7. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    They just look very oxidize to me and could cause the engines to run a bit sluggish if they are. I'd take one and see if it will clean up easily. It couldn't be paint and it probably isn't annodizing either.
  8. Marxed

    Marxed Member

    the engine runs prefectly on the tracks, just as good as my new lionel track, not the slightest hit of sluggishness

    i'm gonna try and maybe take a piece up and examine it closer later

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