Before expanding my railroad an additional 480 feet I considered purchasing this track bender, then I talked myself out of it as money was tight for my hobby. Well, I got my track in, a big expense for sure compared to 10 years ago. My layout involves many curves and a couple of S curves. I hand bent all my brass Aristo and LGB track as best as I could do and then leveled and ballasted the track in place, it looked pretty good. I has spent over 40 hours doing this too!
I was getting anxious to run trains on the new track now, so I first ran my small 0-4-0 Aristo engine and it followed track well, so I put my U25 on with a 5 car consist and ran it.. About 12 feet in at first curve it derailed the engine, I put it back on and there were 3 other places where it derailed again and at slow speed.. I thought it may be the U25, so I put my SD45 on track and had same results, what the heck was happening I kept asking myself, laying down at track level and travelling slow I noted an inner curve rail was kinked and wheel would slip down and jump back up when it passed over this area, I tried several times to correct this and 2 other places where I had problems to no success.. I just had to walk away disappointed and just stewed on it for a few days.
I have so much time and expense in this and am feeling so bad that I am having trouble with new track it was devastating. So my wife asked what can be done, I said I should have bought a precision track bender to keep rails at proper parallel spacing and she said “why did you not buy one”? That was music to my ears when she said that.
Well, I ordered your bender, received it in a couple days and I pulled all my track loose from ballasting, used your bender and could actually feel the loose and tight areas as I was rebending all my track in place and in just a few hours time..
I then reballasted my track and ran the SD45 first this time.. I ran slow on first run, no problems, ran faster and faster to much faster than I would ever run the train and still no problems.. Wow, what a sigh of relief I had, this bender does what it is supposed to do..
I was having financial nightmares in knowing I had first ruined all my new track. Hindsight is 20/20 they say and this is absolutely true for me now.. I would not even consider bending track without this fantastic tool.. much thanks again.. sincerely, Victor H