I have an older 12V LEGO train (several actually) but of course the rubber tires wore out long ago.
The trains still run quite well (I even used them as a motor parts in some Technic designs), but the pieces for the tracks have become very brittle, meaning that re-designing tracks has become a nightmare.
Just uncoupling the dark-gray underside from the light-gray rails is not just painful to watch but often leaves you with more pieces than you intended, particularly the small pinch-like top sections of the dark-gray parts splinter, as well as where they fit in the light-gray rails.
Similar things happen with the larger change-direction sections and cross-section parts, so it's imho mostly due the design click-on system that is failing.
What would you suggest on handling such pieces? Can these parts still be replaced?