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 Posted: Thu Aug 4th, 2016 12:08 am
   
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Doctor G wrote:
Thank you Steve.

I hope you get a layout up soon so we can all see it!!
These mini layouts are good for that. It doesn't take a lot to get them going because of their small size.

Thank you:thumb: also for the reminder that burning styrofoam releases TOXIC FUMES. When burned Polystyrene (styrofoam is expanded polystyrene) produces polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (causes cancer) carbon soot (also can cause cancer) and carbon monoxide which is poisonous.:old dude:

In my excitement to make the post I completely forgot this HEALTH WARNING. :us:

In fact in cutting the foam I took it outside to do the work where there was plenty of ventilation.

Doc Tom
I used the pink foam and also used the wire cutter for my scenery. I looked into it quite a bit and found there was no apparent health hazard at all when using the stuff with a hot wire. I have no idea about breathing in dust, though, as I never created any when doing my scenery...



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Love the layout so far. Keep it up! :thumb:

Seems everything causes health problems. I'm sure that AGE causes health problems. :old dude: hmmm... anyway...

I have one of those hot wire cutters, it is just amazing. Now I use foam for any landscaping that needs to be done. I also save chunks of foam from packaging. Some of those make great bases for other things. There's a thread going now that uses no baseboard, just foam packing stuff.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 4th, 2016 03:00 am
   
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Lee B wrote: Doctor G wrote: Thank you Steve. I hope you get a layout up soon so we can all see it!! These mini layouts are good for that. It doesn't take a lot to get them going because of their small size. Thank you:thumb: also for the reminder that burning styrofoam releases TOXIC FUMES. When burned Polystyrene (styrofoam is expanded polystyrene) produces polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (causes cancer) carbon soot (also can cause cancer) and carbon monoxide which is poisonous.:old dude: In my excitement to make the post I completely forgot this HEALTH WARNING. :us: In fact in cutting the foam I took it outside to do the work where there was plenty of ventilation. Doc Tom I used the pink foam and also used the wire cutter for my scenery. I looked into it quite a bit and found there was no apparent health hazard at all when using the stuff with a hot wire. I have no idea about breathing in dust, though, as I never created any when doing my scenery...Here is what the Woodland Scenics website says about the safety of their hot wire cutter......"To avoid the emission of toxic fumes, we recommend using the Hot Wire Foam Cutter and the Bow & Guide on Woodland Scenics foam products only." I wonder if their foam is different from the EPF (extrudred polystyrene foam) we are using from the construction stores???L: Doc Tom

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So far as I know there are 3 similar types of foam :

1) Extruded polystyrene
2) Polyurethane foam
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3) That green foamy stuff that florists use to stick flower displays into. I have no idea what it is but it seems weaker & 'crumblier' than 1) & 2) above.

I haven't read the building product toxicology sheet for any of them but I have a Bachelors (B.Sc) in chemistry - I would not voluntarily breath in large volumes of fumes from any of them but working in a well ventilated space is probably OK for the amounts involved in modelling. Driving in Eastern/Southern Europe is certainly more dangerous !.

It's not going to put me off using the stuff - keep us posted Doc, I feel I'm learning something here.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 4th, 2016 11:07 pm
   
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Howdy Doc.....WS wants you to use only their foam. Their instructions sound similar to the old Roadrunner & Coyote cartoon-"The ACME Bat-Man costume, the only one worn by real bat-men". Or maybe their foam isn't real foam...hardened tofu maybe?

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Thanks for the Heisler comments.

The dividing wall of my garage RR room is coming together nicely with my son here. Framing will finish tomorrow and decided to put up galvanized corrugated on "my wife's side" versus OSB - happy wife etc!

Bill Uffelman

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Hello.

I am off on vacation with the domestic authority. No train stuff for a couple of weeks. See you soon. Doc Tom

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Enjoy! I'll be watching for updates.:thumb:

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My wife and I took a summer break when my VERY generous sister-in-law, Peg, sponsored a Rail and Trail adventure in Switzerland. This certified "train nut" was blown away by the incredible Swiss rail system.

Imagine my surprise after huffing and puffing up the Swiss Alpine Mountain Rigi Klum on a hike I found this:






For a few Swiss Francs I was able to hitch a ride in mechanized splendor to the top of the mountain while enjoying the aromas of coal smoke and steam oil.

I commemorated the steam adventure in a short You Tube "trailer" I put together for other members of the trip.

https://youtu.be/7piqIxKsxxM

Now its back to work on my little creation of steam in the mountains.

Doc Tom

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