16894Re: [z_scale] Re: Poor performance (again ;-)
- Oct 2 10:20 AMBruce,
Don't confuse Whal "OIL" with other lubricants. It is not a true OIL but is primarily an oxidation inhibitor and does not provide a lubricant effect.
Bruce <n1yn@...> wrote:
While trying various ways to clean the Marklin Z track on my first Z
setup, he battery powered blue 0-6-0 and car and optional track set
with 4 turnouts, I tried rubbing a small scrap of the cork sheet I
had cut and fit as roadbed under the track and found it wipes the
rails quite well and doesn't snag switch points like cloth does. The
cork picks up oxidation real well and can be cleaned somewhat with
rubbing alchohol a time or two but that's more work then it's worth
as a small piece of cork will last for several cleanings on the
double loop I have set up.
I've worked with HO and a little N since I was a kid and for some
reason I have never heard of putting Whal hair clipper oil on track
to improve smooth operating. I imagine the trick is to use just
enough to dampen the rail surface without getting it noticably wet
and would suspect any really thin oil, like sewing machine oil, would
I also have found getting just the right spring pressure on the motor
brushes in all scales I've worked with can make a very big difference
in how a loco runs. New out of the box the Marklin 0-6-0 I have would
not run at the lowest transformer settings (the white one that came
with the optional track set) and would tend to suddenly take off as
power was increased.
I found after adjusting the tension on the motor brushes until I
found the right pressure that allowed it to start and ran the best
without sputtering from too little brush pressure the loco would
start and run at the first contact of the transformer wiper so well
that I ended up having to put a small resistance in line with one of
the power supply wires to the track so the loco would start smoothly
and not take off suddenly at the first voltage the power supply puts
What I used to drop track starting voltage a bit was a two commonly
available 1 amp power supply type diodes (the little black ones with
a grey stripe at one end) connected in series with one of the power
supply wires, and another pair facing the opposite way in parallel
(must have one pair in each direction to allow power to flow both
ways for forward and reverse).
The voltage drop across many low power diodes like those often found
in the power supplies of small electronic devices is typicaly .3
to .5 volts, which makes them an ideal way to drop a little voltage
when needed on low voltage circuits like model railroads and ham and
cb radio panel lights that uses 12 vdc for the panel lights. It is
also a good way to reduce the brilliance and add life span to
lighting used in model railroad buildings powered by a fixed dc
Those 1 am power supply type diodes can often be found in bulk packs
at Radio Shack or any electronic parts supplier and aren't expensive
(if they are then go somewhere else). If you don't mind doing a
little disassembly and unsoldering they can be got for free from
cheap am-fm radios, tape recorders, and any smaller electronic device
that has a built in power supply that is going to be thrown out as
Hope this is of some help to the group.
>turnouts some times.. I then noticed somebody in this groupYahoo! Groups SponsorADVERTISEMENT
>mentioned the tiniest smear of Whal oil on the track improved things
>dramatically. I tried this and have no more problems!
> I found I could not by Whal oil in New Zealand anymore but found
>Bernina sewing machine oil was the same thing.
> Brush tension also makes a big difference.
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