My Real Challenge, I Win

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by lester perry, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    I have cleaned about 100 cars now. Metal wheels or plastic doesn't matter they are all dirty. I cleaned my east bound main line got out a P2K GP7 about 15 cars and started running. PERFECT. No problems at all. Now to do the rest of them. Some are real bad some not but it fixed the problem.
  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I think my reccomendation would be to figure out how many cars are needed for your operating sessions and then add a few more. Clean that number of cars first, and then create a "rip track" either on the layout, on a shelf, or even in a box or drawer. Keep cleaning the wheelsets, but once you have enough done for an operating session, you know you can have the session without having to clean in "panic mode." When you have finished all of the cars, set up a cleaning schedule where you take off a certain number of cars every month and clean them whether they need it or not. If you set up a data base on your computer with the cars identified by number you can set it up so that you cycle through the cleaning process a few cars at a time continuously so that you never again find yourself having to clean the entire fleet at once. Once clean it might even work to take 10 or 20 cars at a time and pull the wheelsets and put them in the ultrasonic cleaner for 1/2 hour or how ever long it takes and let it clean them for you. If you did that once a week, it would never again become a big chore.

    Glad to hear that you are successful in what must have appeared to be an overwhelming chore to start with.
  3. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    So you are using the ultrasonic cleaner?

  4. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    He said the ultrasonic cleaner was too slow to do the entire fleet at once. I was suggesting that if he is only doing a few cars at a time in a scheduled mainanence program that the ultrasonic cleaner would work in that situation.
  5. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    Sorry about slow reply. Been out of town. I tried the ultra sonic cleaner and it worked but too slow as Russ said. it would take a year to clean them all. I am making progress and I think I will try to get some sort of cleaning system going but not sure what as of now. But all is well now on the Delaware division of the C&O and hopefully all will be clean by next operating session.
  6. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    I found that the dishwasher is the fastest way to clean them, but they look like heck when they come out. They are clean though :D LOL

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