track cleaning

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by bkazmer, Feb 3, 2004.

  1. bkazmer

    bkazmer New Member

    I want to use some old track i expanding my layout. What has worked for others in cleaning to ensure good electrical contact?
  2. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

  3. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    While all those are fine, I have settled on a briteboy and elbow grease as the cheeapest and surest way to clean dirty track, and running your trains everyday to keep it clean. Gives you an excuse to run them everyday. :) FRED
  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Welcome to the Gauge...on our club layout, if you look closely, you'd see---gasp---brass rails mixed in with the nickel-silver. As long as its kept clean and well soldered, you shouldn't have a problem.
  5. bkazmer

    bkazmer New Member

    Thanks! briteboy and wet/dry paper (I have that around for old car stuff) should handle the remedial work. Then on to the maintenance suggestions. And shaygetz, I'm also impure and have mixed brass and nickel. Oh dear. :)
  6. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    The HO layout I'm building now uses all recycled track. Besides cleaning the track check to be sure its not bent.
    The used turnouts I used had electrical problems so I ground away the ties in spots to solder jumper wires to eliminate the dead spots and future continuity problems.
  7. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    I would avoid using sandpaprer as it leaves scratches to hold dirt. You want the rails slick and shiney as possible. If the brass is tarnished liquid brass cleaner on a rag works fantastic and will only brighten the tops of the rails if used correctly. FRED
  8. bkazmer

    bkazmer New Member

    love the S11/S12 dash - except for the fluid drive.

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