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Re: Building Live Steam Railcars with Moose the Cabaoose     -   Response #57   -   Go to Post in Thread
Posted by moose_the_caboose in Live Steam and Ride on Scales on 05/08/06 at 22:56:38
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hi all,
i taking a short break from building to show you that nothing in this hobby is risk-free.  whether your equipment is powered by steam, gasoline, diesel, or electricity...be prepared for anything!  yesterday at the largo track, i decided to run my engine.  i was taking it out of the containers and turned on main power to ease it on to the lift.  there was a bang, a lot of smoke, and some flames.  we got the fire out, luckily no one was hurt, nothing else was damaged, and the wiring stayed intact with no damage.  however, a 400 amp controller is toast!
there were no faults in any of the external systems, it's just one of those rare occurances where it just turned loose.  the housing is/was factory sealed, but the explosion blew out the bottom and set the service car alit.
moose the caboose