" ........ I made my son a track cleaner ........ "
Now theres an idea !
The Victorians used to send them up chimneys- we send them into
I think you & Simon have been sniffing the Carbon Tetrachloride
Where I live, hardboard is smooth on both sides. Haven't seen the
rough-sided stuff for some time.
My local timber merchant sells it by the truck load, 98p a sheet - 2'x
All the best,
They still use it to make / repair the backs of kitchen units ! You
can still get it with either a white or natural smooth side.
Plywood is better to use than hardboard as it tends to crumble,
especially if it gets even a little damp.
MDF would work too, it's very hard, but do not know about the effect
on the track of the resin they use to bond it together ?
"Dragon Heart" wrote in
A year or two ago someone on here mentioned using a block of wood to clean
track so I gave it a go ... tried all sorts of wood/wood products and was
distinctly unimpressed with the results.
The rubber sold by the 00 guild as recommended by Jane though is the dogs
do-dahs and is the basis of my home made track cleaning wagon.
Greg Procter wrote in
Horses for courses pay a quick visit to the URL in my sig and look at a few
of the images in the "Mk 3" catagory in fact here's the direct link (note
no "tiny" URLs -
They say a picture is worth a thousand words ... well you should soon see
why my layout is dirty ...
Definitely so, the EMGS have exactly the right answer, although not
stated as such. They have a fibreglass rod about 13mm dia which will
take anything off a rail surface, or indeed any other brass/copper
surface. However the cleaned metal does start tarnishing almost before
They also have a polishing block which puts a nice polish on the rail
which helps to maintain the surface. By itself it is no good at cleaning
track, but use the 2 in conjunction & they do a lovely job.
That's the moment when I oil my track!
Without oil my shiney railed track was lasting about 15 minutes before
current collection started to fall off.
With oil it goes for days of operation.
- problem: the oil on the railheads softens the crud on the wheels.
- solution clean the wheels.
- advantage; the wheels stay clean if the track is clean.
- problem: the oiled railheads attract dirt.
- Solutions; deal with the sources of dirt. clean the rails with a soft
wiper of some sort.
Yup, nothing wrong with polishing the railheads.
In message , Greg Procter
Which oil do you use?
- problem: my railway is in the garden. Birds and animals defecate on
the track, and leaves and fruit fall onto the track from overhanging
- solution: trap the cats and squirrels and leave their carcasses out
for the crows to dispose of. Pick the fruit before it gets so ripe that
it falls off the trees. Buy a "garden blower" to blow the leaves off the
- advantage: you get even more birds in the garden
- disadvantage: you still have to clean the track regularly, but not so
much of it.
Greg Procter wrote in
I'm already ahead of you. You might have missed it but earlier in this
thread I mentioned an outline design for a rail mounted vacuum cleaner
mounted in a carriage that I've actually started work on.
When finished I aim to have a complete train disguised as an engineers
train that brushes (or optionally depending on how dirty the track is -
rubs), vacuums, oils and polishes all in a single pass.
"Chris Wilson" wrote
If it shifts leaves and will clear crud from the rail surface as well then
I'd suggest having a word with Notwerk Rail, they could do with such a
Wonder if you could incorporate a de-icer too?
"John Turner" wrote in
I know you're being TIC but I have actually given that some thought and
potentially it is feasible - additional carriage ahead of the engine
fitted with a hot air blower the current demands would be quite high,
with everything running you?d have the motor in the engine, a second on
the vacuum (although if you were de-icing you?d possibly not need this)
and the third for the hot air blower. Additionally you?d have the
heating coil to power as well. If you were being really clever you could
make the moter for the vacuum power both the vacuum and the hot air
blower and run the train backwards when you were de-icing.
... and I have had ice in my garage ... I could apply for running rights
on Jane's mainline through the usual Feb snowfall by way of testing. :-)