Anyone got ant recommendations for track cleaning devices? I've a problem with a piece of track in the back corner of my layout - the bit it's almost impossible to reach with a track rubber - so of course this is where the piece of track is that tarnishes the quickest.
Better not to wipe with a damp rag, just leave it then the effect of the rail-zip will last. When operation starts to become erratic again apply a few more drops. Wipe with a dry rag, or cork block about once a year and apply the rail-zip immediately after.
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Goodgrief yes. Don't, whatever you do, remove the Rail-Zip.
I don't even do that Keith. My poor model railway hasn't operated for about
8 months or more. This Christmas, because we were having guests who wanted to see the railway, I went into the room and did a big clean up. Vacuumed the floors, the layout (All the get-at-able trackage) and generally made the place presentable.
I then coupled together 3 or 4 diesels, spread about a six inch strip of Rail-Zip along a section of track, and ran the three units back and forth over about 1/3 of the layout. Into all the spurs (sidings), all the sidings (loops) and along the mainline (mainline). I then did the same thing in a couple of other places and Bingo! The GER was back up and running. I didn't even bother to clean any of the wheels on any of the locos, steam or diesel, and everything ran, and still does run, as smooth as silk.
I have both a centreline cleaner and a Roco Clean. The Roco Clean is a track cleaning car which comes with a removeable abrasive pad. If you remove this its posible to attach Masonite (hardboard) pads to the base and I find this the most effective. The Roco clean comes with NEM coupler sockets to is easy to choose the coupling of your choice. I also find a few drops of Railzip work very well after cleaning, a month or so later the centreline cleaner can be used with water to renew the effect.
Cigarette filters..... You can buy these in packs of 200 for next to nowt. Get an old wagon from a swapmeet for £2.00 add some weight and attach a couple of filters facing downwards with a bit of wire,between the wheels, and run a loco backwards a couple of times around the track. Excellent non abrasive cleaner.