Re: [ZGauge] Re: Track Clean
Thanks, Gary.. That;s a lot of info i can use..Bob
--- On Wed, 7/7/10, Gary <ozman2009@...> wrote:
From: Gary <ozman2009@...>
Subject: [ZGauge] Re: Track Clean
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 6:59 AM
--- In ZGauge@yahoogroups.com, "bjm01843" <bjm01843@...> wrote:
> What is the best way to clean a "Z" track ?
Hello and welcome. If there's nothing in the way (eg catenary) you could use one of those rubber cleaning blocks. A few companies make them. You do have to vacuum the tracks after you use one of those, but it's worth the trouble to get the shine off the tops of the rails - shiny-topped rails might look nice, but your locos may spin their wheels on grades.
Even before you do that, rub the rails gently with a soft and preferably lint-free cloth soaked in something like cigarette lighter fluid or what we in Australia call white spirit. Just don't run your trains until the fluid is no longer giving off fumes - even Z scale motors arc and we wouldn't want a Z scale explosion, would we?
There are other methods. There are the Aztec track cleaning cars, which have a wheel that turns and cleans the tracks as it is pulled along. Marklin make a much simpler car, which consists of a German-style gondola wagon with an absorbent pad under neath it. You soak the pad in your cleaning fluid of choice, couple the car to a loco and pull and push it around the layout. The only thing about those is that they're a bit light - you could use some extra weights if you wanted to use one.
A British company called Gaugemaster makes an electronic rail cleaner. This has to be connected between the terminals of your transformer and the rails, and it also has to be connected to a 16V AC power supply. The unit works by sensing when the power supply to a loco is weakened or interrupted by dirt on the rails and it sends out a high frequency signal which ionises the dirt. Users report that it works very well - mine is on the way from the UK right now.
As well as the rails you need to keep the wheels of your locos clean. There are a number of wheel cleaners around. I use a simple one made by Peco.
thank you, Don....bob
--- On Tue, 7/6/10, donfedjur@... <donfedjur@...> wrote:
From: donfedjur@... <donfedjur@...>
Subject: Re: [ZGauge] Track Clean
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 7:44 PMSimply use a Trax Stix brand cleaning board.Most common way is to wipe with 90% Isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Use a lint free cleaning cloth.And......... you can always get a track cleaning car, like Astek's conversion of MT Box Cars.Don Fedjur
Carlsbad, CA 92009-----Original Message-----
From: bjm01843 <bjm01843@yahoo. com>
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Subject: [ZGauge] Track CleanWhat is the best way to clean a "Z" track ?