Track cleaning????

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by RGBBIGBOY, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. RGBBIGBOY

    RGBBIGBOY New Member

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    Just wondering on peoples opinion on the best track cleaning cars on the market today?????
    I have one that is not worth a nickle and cost $45.00 I dont want to bash anyone so I won't say the name!!!
    Any advice is appreciated.
    Ron
  2. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

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    Don...Check an upcoming post on the Auctions forum for an item called "TRACK GUARD". It'll come up at around 7:00 PM (CST).
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    Don,as Steamhead said get a few track guards and with a few drops of Wahl Clipper oil you shouldn't have any track cleaning issues. Harold
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    RGBBIGBOY New Member

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    Steamhead
    Checked out your "Track Guard" would consider it if you had one for N scale !!!
    RON
  5. cntown

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    I bought the Walters Trainline UP track cleaning car for my son's layout for $15.00 and it seems to do a good job but over time it will just wear down where it touchs the rails,but other people tell me the cars with the disks that rotate do a good job also but for a much higher price.
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    Ron...Sorry I couldn't help you out...I tried making an N-scale version, but the cars are too small to handle the "burden" of carrying the TG....:cry:
  7. Denyons

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    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 pulled 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.
    Dennis
  8. RGBBIGBOY

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    thanks for the advice I will try the no-ox,but still looking for a good non powerd car for n-scale code 55 track!!!

    Ron
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    Ron, there are a few different schools of thought on track cleaning today.

    There are the those whom insist on cleaning...and they fall into two main camps:
    -wahl oil is essential
    -any oil is a bad idea

    Then there is the school of thought that cleaning actually causes your track to need cleaned (as in the bright boys and oils leave a residue which causes the rail to get dirty more often)

    I'm firmly in the anti-cleaning camp having moved from wahl oil to anti-wahl oil to anti cleaning. And my track doesn't give me any problems.

    So if you are having problems now, then get the track cleaning car. If you aren't...wait until you've seen that you really do need it.