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Ralph S

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« on: September 12, 2021, 02:44:26 PM »

Which is better to use, a track cleaning car or a motorized track cleaning locomotive?  Then is it better to have a track cleaning car that accepts a liquid that gravity feeds to the track cleaning pad or just have a dry track cleaning pad?

I use E-Z track both the Grey and Black versions.  Bachmann has an EM80C motorized version and also the Boxcar version.  I havenít seen a Bachmann liquid type track cleaning car.  Then again, what type of liquid would be used, ...alcohol based maybe?

The reason behind this... is I purchased some old E-Z track (again both grey and black) and for some reason seem to be getting hits and misses in engine operation on this used purchased track.  Yes, I did use a magnifying glass on the track rails and did not see anything out of the normal.  Since I've never owned a track cleaning car, this might be the an enlighten moment.
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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2021, 03:51:57 PM »

I've tried track cleaning cars and didn't like dealing with having to add liquids and getting the flow right without a mess. I'm hooked on Woodland Scenics Tidy Track.
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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2021, 03:53:09 PM »

I modified my Tidy Track cleaner to pull behind a loco. I removed the handle attachment and added some weight. I cut out a slot and installed a coupler pocket and coupler.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADZurqqcBmE
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2021, 04:17:06 PM »

This shows pics how I did it.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10159125215325522&type=3
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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2021, 07:51:42 PM »

Another cleaner car I use like John Allen did. I took a piece of Masonite and super glued two cut off nails to it. I angled the ends of the Masonite. I drilled two holes in the bottom of the car. Stick the nails in the holes and Masonite floats on the rails. When the bottom gets dirty, I just sand it off and I have a fresh surface.
https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10159705955775522&set=a.10157939761420522
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Len

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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2021, 01:34:08 AM »

The reason behind this... is I purchased some old E-Z track (again both grey and black) and for some reason seem to be getting hits and misses in engine operation on this used purchased track. 

One problem with used track is the rail joiners may have spread open through use, so they are not making good contact with the connecting rail. You can use a pair of flat nose pliars to squeeze them slightly closed, so they are making good contact with the connecting rail.

Len
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Trainman203

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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2021, 02:49:48 PM »

I rub my track with an old piece of cork roadbed.
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jward


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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2021, 01:27:38 PM »

I use a pair of these.

https://www.centerline-products.com/product-page/ho-scale-nmra-specification

One is run with the pad soaked in GooGone, the other is run dry. It's amazing the dirt they pick up.


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Jeffery S Ward Sr
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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2021, 10:37:12 PM »

Well boys somehow my husband conned me into cleaning his e-z track about 200 feet of it. I prefer Using Mr Clean Magic Erasers you can wipe down the e-z track dry in minutes, I defiantly do not like doing this very often. I do this every 200 hrs or 12 months witch ever comes first. We run 200 to 300 hrs a year, We stick a Bachmann mow - track-cleaning single-dome tank car dry, second to the last car.


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