58640Re: [Z_Scale] Track Vac Time - Fall Layout Tuneup
- Nov 1, 2008Glenn
Any tips on how to clean the wheels on the cars. Especially when you have a bunch of cars to clean, like after a show.
--- On Fri, 10/31/08, Glen Chenier <glen@...> wrote:
> From: Glen Chenier <glen@...>
> Subject: [Z_Scale] Track Vac Time - Fall Layout Tuneup
> To: email@example.com
> Date: Friday, October 31, 2008, 7:21 PM
> With summer over and model train running season approaching,
> who did not run trains over the summer are about to blow
> the dust off
> their layouts (literally) and spend the time that used to
> dedicated to lawn mowing etc running trains again. But
> placing a loco on those dusty rails, vacuum the dust off
> It's amazing how much dust can get sucked into
> locomotives and clog
> the works. Not usually fatal unless the motor overheats
> from forced
> running by cranking up the voltage. The cure is to
> completely dis-
> assemble the loco and scrub out the accumulated dust from
> all moving
> parts with alcohol, tweezers, and toothbrush. Not easy,
> the longer
> fibers get wrapped around the worms and axles and have to
> be unwound
> like a silkworm. An ultrasonic cleaner cannot do this type
> Avoid this problem by vacuuming your tracks monthly. Use
> an open
> ended hose nozzle, or better yet the small nozzles intended
> keyboard cleaning.
> Then clean the railtops with a low-fiber rag or paper towel
> with rubbing alcohol which does not leave a slippery
> residue on the
> rails. Avoid abrasive cleaners such as Bright-Boy types,
> they will
> scratch the rails which then grind away at plastic wheels.
> If you
> have used a Bright-Boy type in the past and want to restore
> railtops, use 2000 grit emery paper to polish out the
> And of course keep those wheels clean. Both rolling stock
> locos. Does no good to clean tracks and then place a
> boxcar with
> dirty wheels on the track.
> Clean loco wheels by holding it upside down in a styrofoam
> cradle and
> apply power to one wheelset with a handheld short piece of
> wired to your power pack. With the wheels thus spinning,
> press a
> Qtip wetted with rubbing alcohol onto each wheel tread.
> May need
> several Qtips, repeat until the Qtip comes away white
> instead of
> blackened by wheel crud.
> A bit of preventative maintenance now and monthly will go a
> long way
> to making your trains run reliably over the winter.
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