What do you use to clean your locos wheels

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Collyn, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. Collyn

    Collyn Member

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    I was just wondering what methods everbody else used to clean their loco's wheels. I use a foam makeup pad soaked in track cleaner. Next I take the loco and put it half on the track and half on the pad after the first half is done I do the other half.
  2. ILCEN

    ILCEN Member

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    I use an old tooth brush and alcohol.
  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    On the DCC equipped club layout, we soak a paper towel laid across the track with rubbing alcohol then notch up the throttle as we run the front then the rear trucks of our deisels over it. Works really well, too. On steamers and DC I go with rubbing alcohol and a Q-Tip.
  4. Collyn

    Collyn Member

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    I do the rubbing alchohol ang q tip as well
  5. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

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    I use the electrified brass brushes that are sold commercially. The ones that clip to the rails.
  6. Collyn

    Collyn Member

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    Do those work for n scale as well or do they have one for HO one for n
  7. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

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    I've got an N scale one and it works great however the guys at the club say that it could actually scratch my wheels thus making my problem worse over time.
  8. johnny b

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    I actually take the engine to be cleaned off the track completely and turn it over in the plastic box it came in . Then using an old transformer and some wires to the brass cpntacters under the engine I give it some power so that the wheels turn. Then I very lightly use a rasor blade to scrape the dirt off the wheels as they spin. A quick wipe with Goo Gone on a piece of paper towel and they wheels are clean.
  9. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    I use one of the following: Goo Gone, Aero Loco Works track cleaner; denatured alcohol. usually try any of the above. I've also used a Q-tip soaked in one of the above. I've also applied a small flat screwdriver to the tread to get rid of stubborn stains.
    If your loco wheels are dirty, so are your car wheels. For these I usually put a paper towel over a spare track. dribble some solution on it, and run the car back and forth. When the paper towel has a pair of black streaks on it, I shift it sideways. I often have a second towel in case the wheels run off the soaked one.
  10. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Goo Gone is great for removing pricetags from plastic, or for removing any other label adhesive.
    Aero loco works ACT-6006 is far better for track, and wheel cleaning.
    It took my club almost two weeks to get rid of the "Goo Gone Residue", so we could operate trains again. The Centerline track cleaners work so much better with ACT-6006....and so do the trains.
    Pete
  11. n2trains

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    I use one of the minitrix brass brush cleaners that you set on the tracks. I have found it to work VERY well, and over the period of about 2 years of constant cleaning (during the construction phase of a layout we ended up scrapping), no harm to any wheels or anything. Kato, Life-Like, spectrum, Bachmann, etc locos
  12. oleirish

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    clean wheels

    :thumb: :D Same here an electral brush sold I think by Kde,it works on both N and HO
    I love it!!!!!!announce1