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TobyTheTram16

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« on: May 11, 2013, 11:25:14 PM »

I've noticed there has been an awful lot of new threads of people needing help with their loco's issues and problems. So I though I might as well make a thread for all help related questions, to save space on the message board. Sound like a good idea? If not then leave it alone to be deleted.
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thomasj219

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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 02:50:15 PM »

Fantastic Idea in my opinion, very much needed.
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2013, 11:47:03 PM »

I always thought about making a thread like this, but I always thought it might just be shot down and deleted. I'm glad to see I was wrong Wink.
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2013, 04:05:13 PM »

Well, it's a good idea, but chance are people may not use it.

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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2013, 12:42:27 AM »

I was wondering if there was aspecific way to clean thomas models. Is there?
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2013, 06:13:49 PM »

You know the help thread wold be a great idea for an example I could go to it and ask to see if I can find out how to restore a diesel and it would save room on the Message board brilliant idea.
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TobyTheTram16

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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2013, 05:09:52 PM »

How exactly do you plan to restore it?
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PaulGWR

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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2013, 05:49:29 PM »

My Thomas model is always having problem going after a few minutes and is needing constant cleaning on the wheels, is there something wrong with the contacts? Or is it nothing?

Also how do you fix a broken buffer on an engine?
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2013, 12:37:58 AM »

I was wondering if there was aspecific way to clean thomas models. Is there?

Cleaning plastic trains has been a concern for a long time. A disassembly of your train to remove the drive mechanism is first. Use a mild dish soap dissolved in water and a soft brush (like a natural paint brush). Avoid rubbing!, cotton can scratch, a non-abrasive eyeglasses cloth works. It could remove paint or scratch surfaces. Pat dry anything that could rust right away, oil metal lightly and it will be ok. Failure to pat dry can leave mineral deposits(water spots). Don't use simple green, or other spray cleaners, they can destroy plastic and/or paint. Often just dusting regularly, with a dry paint brush or similar is enough to keep them nice. Don't forget to lube your engines chassis once about every 10hrs of run time, too. If the loose their shine, I have used some plastic polishes and/or waxes to improve looks.

An alternate would be Q-tips, tissue, and careful wiping, to avoid taking it apart. As long as everything metal is dried fully ASAP and lightly oiled rust shouldn't be an issue.
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2013, 12:46:43 AM »

My Thomas model is always having problem going after a few minutes and is needing constant cleaning on the wheels, is there something wrong with the contacts? Or is it nothing?

Cleaning the track too? (alcohol or cleaning fluid only). If so it is just your environment. The electricity itself acts as an attractant for dirt and gunk. It pulls molecules  right out of the air. Time to research track cleaning cars too. You could make one, many people do. Or maybe convert one, ready made, to be more "Sodor" like.
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PaulGWR

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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2013, 11:04:19 AM »

I do clean the track a lot, and have a track cleaner ( car and pad ), my layout has been needing constant cleaning due to most of my rolling stock having plastic wheels or the family cat, my other engines do better but thomas is the most sensitive to this. I just post a vid to explain.
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« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2013, 01:48:39 AM »

Plastic wheels will do it! You know you can probably get metal ones to swap right in, don't you? It will run better because cars will roll easier, and stay cleaner too.
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PaulGWR

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« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2013, 07:50:15 PM »

Ok thanks, I was thinking about doing that sometime soon.
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« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2013, 03:15:02 PM »

Ok thanks, I was thinking about doing that sometime soon.

Search for "tuner" with B-mann search feature, you will find some threads on "truck tuners" there. Read up on truck tuners in the regular parts of the forum. Some of them have some good axle info too.
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PaulGWR

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« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2013, 12:17:54 PM »

Anybody know how I could fix my chassis on Bachmann Thomas? It runs terrible (especially in reverse) even if I clean the wheels and track it still doesn't run well. Huh?
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