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 Posted: Wed Aug 5th, 2009 07:40 am
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Looking for opinions about the good and bad points of track cleaning cars, and the recommendations as to which kind or brands are your choice.

Most of my track is easy to access, but there are a few tunnels and these are not going to be easy to get at once the scenery is in place.

I am working with On30, but would guess HO stuff to be OK.

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At the risk of having a brick thrown half way around the world at my head, dare I mention that with certain new technology dirty track isn't  a problem?  ;)



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 Posted: Wed Aug 5th, 2009 09:20 am
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Don=once again, ancient technology shines! Look at John Allen's "dragger" car...it was a car with a masonite pad underneath which he ran in his trains and this thing kept his track clean. It was just a boxcar with the pad suspended underneath and held in place by a couple of nails glued to the pad. It takes far more time to explain than it does to make such a car. Through the years, various high tech cars have been available and some have cost as much as a brass locomotive, but the old ways are best as it turns out. I could have written about the alternative to track cleaning...again, but I think you should give this a try. How much does a piece of masonite & 2 nails cost??? !!!         Woodie



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Don- I guess it should be obvious-- but the rough side of the Masonite with the screen pattern should go down



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 Posted: Wed Aug 5th, 2009 07:50 pm
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The local club has one of these. Built exactly as you describe. It works great!

Note that it doesnt show up at a glance in the picture.







I suppose by now if Allen had a patent on the thing it'd of ran out. Simple and effective.

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Thanks for the insight, appears I should save my money and build one as described as opposed to buying a commercial model.

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Track cleaning? :old dude:



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I use the CMX Clean Machine with differnt fluids depending on the build up of crud on the track.

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Don-I use...no wait..I don't use nothin'... I have found that when the loco runs over the tiny ants which prowl the rails, the acid in the ant goo cleans the track and I never ever have any power loss. If I could only bottle the ant goo, I could make a couple of dollars...               Woodie



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woodie,  thats ok, as long as those ants are to scale:Hmm:......steve



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