You would need a working engine to move it about. The "powered" part
refers to the rotating pad and the vacuum system. In fact, the Tomix
car is the Atlas car without the Atlas label added to the box...
Nope, just looked at that car at an online dealer. The Tomix car
(Model# TO-6421) and the Atlas car (Model# 32550/32551) are identical
except for the paint job.
Roco's N-scale cleaning car (Model# T15500) looks a bit like the one
that Model Power sold at one time...
You actually have a lot to choose from. You could have an early gas
such as the McKeen or Hall-Scott, or one of the larger railbuses used
that time. I lean toward the McKeen, which, if not exactly a huge
was not extremely rare, and is very stylish in a Jules Verne way.
McKeen (blt 1905-1917 or so):
You could use an electric MU car, especially in the unlikely event
model RR has an overhead or third rail. You could even use a steam
a number of which were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. I
I knew more about these.
An early, apparently German steam railcar:
(There are some pictures of similar cars built for a RR in Baltimore
in THE LOCOMOTIVES THAT BALDWIN BUILT, as well as some
later cars that looked like interurbans with an engine truck and a
smokestack up front...the truck looked like the engine of a small
0-4-0. The book shows a picture of one steam car, crewed by five
hatted and bearded gents, with the amusing caption "Betcha didn't
know there were five Smith Brothers.")
Another idea is to build an inspection locomotive - a small, obsolete
steam loco with a very large cab, sometimes extended and supported
on a truck at its end. This should be easy to put the cleaning
For Greg P: methylated spirits is called denatured alcohol in the US.
As far as the Masonite, I have heard of people also using blocks of
Homasote stood on end, rubbing against the track, to clear dust.
I have used balsa-wood end grain for this purpose, too, but not in a
track-cleaning car; I used it as a substitute for the abrasive block
when cleaning neglected track. It probably takes longer (alcohol
helps) but isn't abrasive.
President, a box of track and some grids.
> An early, apparently German steam railcar:
Gerard, it's actually Austro-Hungarian - it's a Komarek
"dampftriebwagen" built for the 760mm gauge Mariazellerbahn in 1903.
The DRG had several railcars like the Trix/Minitrix VT858 only they were
designed for parcels delivery "Schnellverkher Stueckgueter" (sp?) with
two large sliding doors and several barred windows each side.
BTW, since the Tomix car is not self powered, you would need something to
tow it around - maybe as a baggage car hooked to a doodlebug or a piece of
MOW equipment being towed around by a small steam engine?
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