Dirty track and cleaning cars

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Cogent, Jun 3, 2004.

  1. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

    I have a Aztec track cleaning car, and I find it works great! It is always on a train being hauled around the layout.
  2. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

    Great report on dirty tracks in the latest issue
    of Railroad Model Craftsman August 2004 issue.


    It answers lots of questions and comfirmed my suspicons: Poor performance is not necessarely due to dirty tracks (oxidations) but most likely due to dust on the tracks.

    The article goes on about all the various type of cleaning methods (dry vs wet) and the mechanics of dirty tracks (oxidation vs dust). The result will surprise some of you.

    I agree with his finding. The last time I used elbow grease on my layout was last winter.

    I haven't had a studder, hesitation or (knock on wood) any snags whatsoever since then. What have I done? I have kept my layout room clean, my layout free of dust and ran my trains regularly.
  3. GuyW

    GuyW New Member

    Got the set going great - it needed the tracks seriously cleaned (we used very fine abrasive crocus cloth over a wood block to clean off the corrosion; needed new clips to join the sections, and cleaned the engine's wheels and brushes....

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