A friend of mine runs a Mustang car club in the Phoenix area. A few weeks ago they lost one of their members. There was an N scale layout in the garage that looks like it hadn't been run in at least 10 or 15 years and the wife wanted to clean out the garage and get rid of it, along with a '71 red Mustang convertible in cherry condition. Another guy in the club wanted to help her so he bought the Mustang and the layout and sold the layout to me for what he paid. It took most of today to dismantle and move everything. I put the layout in a storage locker since I don’t have room for it right now and I brought the cars and locos home. I haven't sorted everything out yet, but it looks like I have about 136 assorted cars including several passenger sets and some 29 locos both steam and diesel. They layout came apart in four sections and totals about 80 square feet. Each section has dual power packs and runs independent of each other. It is complete and has hundreds of structures and other stuff. Each turnout is wired to the control panels. I haven’t counted the bridges, viaducts and tunnels, but there’s a bunch. Unfortunately, the trees were too brittle and dried out and kinda fell about when we moved the layout. The layout and all the cars and locos are covered in a thick layer of dust. Just a quick look and I find Bachmann, Atlas and a few others. One I’m curious about is TRIX. I though that was a cereal, but since I’ve only been in MRR for about a year and a half, I gotta ask, who are (or were) they? Now the kicker, I paid $300 for it all, lock, stock and barrel. :thumb: :thumb: Now a question: does anyone have any suggestions on how I can clean these up? I’m thinking I can take the cars and wash them in soap and water and blow them dry with a compressor. Is that the best way, or does someone have a neat trick worth doing? They are really, really dusty. The locos are another thing since I doubt that I can do likewise. Any suggestions? The layout is another whole matter, but I’m not worried about that for a while yet; but just so you know, the grass, rocks, ballast and buildings all look like one of Charlie’s B/W photos. Thanks, any tips will be appreciated. Anyone want to help, I'll buy the sandwiches and beer.