I'm getting sick of cleaning my rails :-( (it's only a small set of
tracks too), and am looking at purchasing a track cleaning car. I know
Hornby do one, but is it (honestly, please) any good, and if not, what
alternatives are there that people can recommend.
On Sun, 29 May 2005 20:53:41 +0100, Ian Cornish wrote in message :
Well, I'm no expert, but: the Hornby cleaner is pretty poor, unless
your problem is oxidised rails, in which case it works a treat. The
old-fashioned cleaners (a truck with a felt pad underneath) are OK in
their way, but I find that Rail-Zip works best.
I do use a felt-pad truck filled with surgical spirit if the rails
have become slippery for any reason.
"To every complex problem there is a solution which is
simple, neat and wrong" - HL Mencken
"Just zis Guy, you know?" wrote
Rail Zip can wreck traction tyres on locos fitted with them, and is harmful
to certain plastics.
Surgical spirit is slightly greasy and can also have an impact on traction
Even after all these years I find there is no real subsitute for a slightly
abrasive track rubber to get track clean (followed by a good hoovering of
the layout). If you can eliminate locos with rubber traction tyres and
stick with all metal-wheeled stock your track will stay cleaner for longer.
Just got some of these from gaugemaster, and they work a treat. First of
all, you do need to clean the track properly (and hoover up the little
bits that get left behind), and attach the pads to a suitable wagon, and
add it to a loco, and off you go. I was quite disgusted at the colour of
the first pad when I finished approximately 30 minutes of running.
The only thing I would say about them is that the direction of travel is
quite important, as they do easily "bounce" on the axles. That said,
it's a cheap, and reasonably effective way of reducing the track
maintenance effort (you still need to give the track a good clean
occasionally, but not as often as without these pads). the other good
thing is that they clean all the tracks on the turnouts, and not just
those your train is currently running on.
Bob H> Have you tried Gaugemaster axle-hung pads - available in 2mm & 4mm sizes? >