Re: [z_scale] Re: Lubrication
- If this subject isn't thoroughly covered in the
group's data files or the new Encyclopedia, it would
be a fitting one to add.
--- Glen Chenier <chenierfam@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, "scullynv"__________________________________
> <noveroskej@g...> wrote:
> > I am new to Z scale and have just acquired a
> starter set. As I was
> > reading through the information, it was suggested
> that certain
> > of the locomotive and freight car trucks should be
> > before running them. Is this necessary as it was
> not a requirement
> > for N scale products? Thanks in advance for any
> > Jim
> Welcome to Z scale, Jim. Nice to see you are
> already considering
> locomotive care. As Jeffrey says, initial lube of a
> brand new loco
> is not required, although i have heard stories of
> some locos that
> spent many years on a dealer shelf and do need to
> have the old
> congealed lube removed and replaced. This is
> something that you
> would expect the dealer to do (kind of like car prep
> from a car
> dealership) but this does not always happen. If the
> loco runs nice
> it does not need attention for a while.
> After many hours of use, periodic cleaning and
> relube of internal
> mechanisms is essential to keeping these precision
> machines running
> nicely. Some folks say every 20 hours, others may
> say every 200
> hours. Depends on the running conditions. You will
> know when the
> time comes - the loco will run rough and ornery and
> become noisier
> and hotter than usual. If not attended to actual
> damage to the
> mechanism could result.
> The locos are open to contamination by dirt from the
> outside world.
> A good way to prolong their life and stretch out
> intervals between
> cleanings is to minimize dirt ingress. Just vacuum
> collected dust and
> dirt off the tracks as part of your regular track
> cleaning and wheel
> cleaning schedule. Use those keybord cleaning
> attachments with the
> small nozzles to get into your tracks, try not to
> suck up bushes or
> little people. If dust bunnies, dirt, and cat hair
> is not allowed to
> collect on the tracks, it cannot get into the
> And never run the loco even temporarily on a carpet.
> The lint and
> fibers will get into the loco immediately and clog
> up the works.
> Also never clean the rails with steel wool - the
> broken residue will
> be attracted by the loco motor magnets and really
> cause problems.
> Have fun!
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