Centerline track cleaner......

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  1. trainsteve2435

    trainsteve2435 Member

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    Hello, i just purchased one of the Center line HO scale track cleaners and was wondering what others use on the cleaner wheel? Center lines web site recomends Goo Gone, but i wasnt sure how good this product is. Can someone recomend a cleaner for this track cleaner? thanks!:eek:
  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    I like a product from Aero Locomotive works (I think) that's intended for DCC layouts. I think it works well. I took my bottle to the drug store and managed to get an eyedropper that screws into the top. I use about 4 drops for an application -- on each line of rail (for HO).
    It's been suggested that GooGone leaves a bit of residue on the rails. I use it for major dirt removals.
  3. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    I have the N scale Centerline Track cleaner(before I became misguided). When I bought it, it came in a "starter kit". Some Handi-Wipes, cut to width and length, and a small bottle of Goo-Gone. I was so impressed with the way the Goo-Gone worked, I just kept using it, even now that I'm in HO.
  4. dwight77

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    eightyeightfan1:
    You say you have the Centerline Track cleaner (before you became misguided). Do you like the unit?.....or does it work well?....your thoughts please.
    dwight77
  5. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    It worked really good. One pass, with the Handi Wipes soaked in Goo-Gone was all it took. The instructions said to use a rubber band to hold the Wipes to the cylinder, but being a "rebel", I decided not to use one. I found out real quick why. You can't back the car up...the Handi-Wipe starts to unwind off the cylinder and of course, a derailment ensued.
    Use the rubber band......
    At the time(mid nineties), the N scale car was going for about $40.00USD. Well worth every penny. But then again, except for the M-T trucks that came with it(you could get it with either the M-T's, or Rapido), it was totally made of brass. I still have it if anyones interested.
    I don't have the HO version as of yet. But after the experience I had with the N scale version, it is on my "To Purchase" list.
  6. dwight77

    dwight77 Member

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    eightyeightfan1:
    Are you thinking of selling your n-scale centerline cleaning car?
    dwight77
  7. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    Maybe...........Got no use for it now. Make me an offer.
    I made a mistake on the price. It was $35.00USD(the price was still on the case)
    Here's a couple of pics. Of course, the Handi-Wipes have been all used up. And I tried to dry transfer reporting marks on it for my line. They should come right of.

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    How much for the roll of tape?:twisted:
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    Mine never derailed if I rolled backwards, but rather created a nice short...

    I've always used Goo Gone.
  10. dwight77

    dwight77 Member

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    Hi eightyeightfan1:
    Your cost plus shipping.
    dwight77
  11. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    PM me your address.

    Since its used, over ten years old $15.00 should be good. I'll even throw in the nut and washer(have no idea what they were doing in the case) in for free.
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    Hi eightyeightfan1:
    Sold !
    I will send you my address and also ask for yours in a private email.
    dwight77
  13. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    On my HO model I tied a length of thread around the cloth instead of a rubber band. I also cut the ends to a blunt arrowhead shape (Heck,I cut the corners off) to improve rolling in one direction.