Atlas vs Centerline Track Cleaning Cars

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by ppt1969, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. ppt1969

    ppt1969 New Member

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    :???: I need a track cleaning car for a 3x7 N-scale layout. Which is a better track cleaning car, Atlas or Centerline? Which model do you recommend?
  2. nolatron

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    Do you run DCC? I know the Atlas cleaning car isn't meant for use on a DCC layout.
  3. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    I(still) have(I'm into HO now) the N scale Centerline Track cleaner. Except being "Unprotypical" looking in appearance, it worked great.
    Wish I could find one ine HO.
  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    In HO I find the centerline car (mark 2 design) quite acceptable. I probably run it a bit more than necessary.
    I don't know the Atlas car.
  5. woodone

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    Aztec makes a good one too.:thumb:
  6. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

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    As far as that goes, are any of these mentioned compatible with DCC? I was under the impression that you needed a seperate decoder just for the cleaning car if operating with DCC.
  7. woodone

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    The Aztec, and the older Center Line do not use any track power so they would be OK for DCC. I did not have any information on the Atlas unit, so I don't know.
  8. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

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    Sorry woodone, I probably could've answered all of those questions just by doing a little homework. I posted a little hastily.
  9. fieromike

    fieromike New Member

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    I have, and am happy with the centerline car, but I've read that the Atlas car is also very good. If you have, or are considering DCC, there is at least one decoder available for the Atlas car; the Centerline car does not use electricity.

    Mike