Track cleaning

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Arizona Heat, Feb 9, 2006.

  1. Arizona Heat

    Arizona Heat Member

    I have been searching the forums for the last 2 days trying to find the post on track cleaning and can't find I will just ask[​IMG] !!!! I finally got my HO set up on a 4x8 and have my setup running but I am having a slow down on power in a couple of spots and I figure that maybe I need to clean the trackhamr Rather than buy track cleaner, is there a way to clean track otherwise?
  2. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    i use goo gone and an old rag. Squrt a little goo gone on the rag and rub it along the rail with your finger. rubbing alcohol will probably also work.

  3. train1

    train1 Member

    Flitz (which is a cream-like substance is real good) - or an electronic cleaning spray on a rag works good.

    Using a track cleaning "eraser" over time or heaven forbid - sandpaper, causes scratches to the railhead which eventually gathers dirt.

    Running your trains more often is a good way to keep the tracks in tip top shape. Or it's a good excuse to use on the wife anyway.:thumb:
  4. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    old school wahl oil :)
  5. Relic

    Relic Member

    I built one of those track cleaning cars, you know the ones that drag a piece of hardboard or quarter inch plywood underneath. Mine's so heavy it takes two units to haul it around,I spray it with contact cleaner and clean it off every couple of trips(about 70 ft.) seems to work ok.
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Check the rail joiners. If they become loose, the elctricity doesn't pass through them as well.
    A wine bottle cork split down the middle makes a cheap track cleaner (unless you go fo the imported stuff!)
  7. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Like Relic, I use a masonite pad mounted under a boxcar to maintain my track. Every so often I wipe down the rails with alcohol prep pads just to shine them up. Every once in a while I have an 80s flashback and put a drop of Wahl Hair Clipper oil on the rails about every ten feet.
  8. CDJr

    CDJr New Member

    While were on the subject....Ive been using 1600-2000 grit sandpaper to clean the bad spots on my brass track as I build my layout. Do yall think this will cause problems in the future? It seems very smooth.
  9. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member


    Don't clean your track...KEEP it clean. To do that WITHOUT goops, solvents, abrasives AND elbow grease, take a peek at my TRACK GUARD on eBay. Search for HO TRACK GUARD and find the solution to your problems...Be quick about it, offer ends tomorrow PM.

    Good luck!

    Gus (LC&P).
  10. colin

    colin New Member

    I cut two 1" squares of 3/4" pine from some scrap boards I had. Took some rags and cut them in 3" squares. Wrap the wood pieces with the pieces of rag and fasten it on the top with a push pin. I put some goo gone on one piece and apply it to the track; take another piece of wood with a dry cloth attached and buff it off. Some people say that goo gone causes crud to build up, but if you rub it off with yhe clean piece it seems to work. The little pieces of wood seems to save your finger from wearing off and is much faster.
  11. Arizona Heat

    Arizona Heat Member

    Thanks for all of your suggestions......Hard to decide which one to use so here is what I did.....Wrote all your names on small pieces of paper folded up and placed the small pieces of paper on a flat car and decided that the first one of the papers that fell off would be the winner (took nearly 2 laps around the track)

    announce1 And the winner was......

    sign1 Jim Currie
    :curse: Wahl oil was sure hard to find !!!!!!!Walmart was the place...$2.39 for bottle
  12. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

  13. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    unique way of picking :) just rember a little wahl goes a long way:)
  14. leon

    leon Member

    Thanks for the tip on cleaning track. I will have to buy some of that Wahl Oil and give it a try.
  15. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    wahl works great. but it sounds to like you have a bad conectio some where. dirty track usually will stop you bad connection will slow you down because it allows a reductio in voltage. on a 4X8 you probably don't have o lot of conections. try soldering all of them to insure voltage is constant.some may suggwst running another power wire from your transformer to the track where it slows down to make up for lost power but on a 4X8 you should have no problem with power lose with one power feed her is my thoughts on Wahl
    Someone recently had a post on soldering. If my memory serves correct it was a real good post. If anyone can find it I think it would be felpfull her. If not the best quick tip I can give is use a low voltage soldering iron.
  16. leon

    leon Member

    I called Walmart to see if they carried Wahl Oil and they said they had Andis Clipper Oil and was the same as the Wahl Oil. Has any body out there tried this stuff or knows for sure if it is the same as Wahl Oil?
  17. Denyons

    Denyons Member


    This was my reply to an N scale thread.



    Join Date: Nov 2006
    Location: Sherwood Park,Alberta, Canada
    Posts: 75

    [​IMG] Track Cleaning
    I took some advice from a thread of a few months ago and bought some NO-OX and I haven't cleaned my track for 3 months now.
    It is an Anti-Oxident grease and it should be used very sparingly.
    A thimble full will do a large layout.
    I spread a small amount of No-Ox onto the pad of an old Roco Cleaning Car and just pull it around all tracks behind a locomotive.
    I also did the tracks at my club and we have had the same results.
    There is not a flicker from the loco headkights.
    I do clean my loco wheels once in a while but this stuff works like a charm.

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