Track Cleaning

Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by 507wayne, Jun 15, 2005.

  1. 507wayne

    507wayne New Member

    I am just getting involved with HO trains. I have scored a couple of sets on ebay. What is the best way to clean the track and engine wheels.
    Thanks for any help you can provide.
  2. rksstl

    rksstl Member

    The best way to clean the track is probably a Brite Boy block ( looks similar to an eraser available at hobby shops everywhere :D ) As far as wheel sets go there's alot of ways to skin a rabbit. I have a test track set up where I tack an old cotton cloth across it dampened with alcohol, hold the loco with one truck on the cloth and the other truck on the track and add the power. The wheels come out clean and shiny
  3. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Wheels that aren't powered can be rolled back and forth over the damp cloth and then onto a dry cloth (or paper towel). Shift the cloth as it gets dirty.
    Car wheels should be cleaned the same way.
  4. seanm

    seanm Member

    Track cleaning is almost a black art. I think this is because the range of conditions are so varried. Some places produce a lot of dry dust. Other places seem to have a lot of fibers on the track and others seem to have excess corrosion. Your cleaning methods will ultimatly be what ever works best in your conditions. Some claim DRY cleaning is the only way to go. I would bet these are placed with dust problems ald little corrosion.

    Try all methods available and see what works for you. A brightboy is a good start. Then try a track cleaning drag pad sort of car and see if this is enough. It this does not keep the track clean enough, see about one of the better despensing cars from Aztec or Tony's Trains... they are great.

  5. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Hi guys,

    The secret to having clean track, is not to let it get dirty...I've been using a little item I devised for several years now and I'm selling it at a very affordable price on eBay, and it's having a great response from the modelers who've bought it. I'll be listing it today (evening) to run through next Monday. Search for HO TRACK GUARD, and you'll have the answer to the nasty job of keeping track clean!!
    Mark it on your calendars!!
    Good luck!

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