which centerline car?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Cactus, Sep 19, 2001.

  1. Cactus

    Cactus Member


    I know that opinions are as personal as a toothbrush, but I'll ask for one anyway.

    For n-scale, Centerline products makes two versions of its track-cleaning car. One is brass for about $70, one is diecast for about $45.

    My question: What's the advantage of the brass over the diecast? Does one clean track better than the other?

    Thanks, Bill
  2. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    I think real the question is: Can you USE either one as a toothbrush?
  3. billk

    billk Active Member

    I don't know - what do you think?
    (Cactus - sorry about that, obviously Rory and I don't have a clue and also have too much time on our hands.)
  4. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Hi Cactus!
    I don't know much about track-cleaning cars either, but I would think weight might be an important consideration. More weight might translate into better cleaning ability. If possible, compare the weight of the two cars, & go with the heavier onme.
  5. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member


    Heh heh, Bill. I needed that! :cool:

  6. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Billk you forgot the couplers.How the heck you gonna move that thing?
  7. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    New Coupler

    It uses a new design. It's actually an automatic coupler that you wind up...

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  8. billk

    billk Active Member

    Now that we've got that out of our system, here's a cut'n'paste from the Bachmann board that might be of interest:

    Two types we have found successful here. One is the Centerline Products car. Rather pricey, but works well with Goo Gone. Has a free-floating brass roller wrapped in a towel-like strip, rides in a very heavy car. The other is the old John Allen design--a piece of Masonite rough-side down with a couple of nails glued to the top, running in holes in the bottom of a car. Cheap to make, can use several. There were always several running all the time on the G&D.
  9. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member


    Good one Rory! :D

    You can put them back in the glass on the bedside table now!;)
  10. Cactus

    Cactus Member

    I was cleaning track successfully with the improved design that Rory posted, but I got tired of running my dinner through the blender. Also, my wife wanted her toothbrush back.

    Sooooooh...... I bought the diecast Centerline car. (The diecast model was the only one the store had in stock). It works as advertised, even to the point of cleaning the wheels on my locomotive.

    I must say it was gratifying to watch the locomotive run a bit more smoothly with each successive lap around my layout, pushing that little centerline car!


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