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Steve-well, the little buggers scale out to about 1" long in 1:35/1:32 scale-just about right for the big uns' that wander across the Gila Rim in New Mexico. Now if there were just some scale size scorpions around. When I was in On30, I had some cob spiders living in the enginehouse and made some beautiful cobwebs in the rafters. Everybody thought I had spent hours making the webs. One day, I got to see one of the critters and it was pretty much in scale for 1:48...if you like those big bird eating jobs in South America! ARACHNAPHOBIA!    Now if I could just do something about the Rodan-size birds that fly over the layout. Maybe the monster cat will save me.   Woodie 



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lol woodie.

Start gluing KD coupler pins on the (_!_) end of those ants and you'll have scorpions in no time :thumb:

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ya know, when i lived in AZ, i got bit by the little scorpion buggers.  doc saidit wont kill ya, but it hurts enuff to wish ya were dead.  altho it didnt hurt as bad as the rattle snake bite.  thankfully it was a "dry bite".  then there was the dog getting a face full of cholla needles.  ever try to take needles out of a pitbulls snout?  what an experience...................steve



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Well, I hate to admit it...the other day, Mopman was running on the old Mogollon and he mentioned that perhaps if I cleaned the rail heads with something, the trains might run smoother. Well, you see, since I run r/c, I have NEVER cleaned my track and it has ant corpses, bird crap, glue, dirt, nastiness, etc. on the rail head.  I told him that if he wanted to, he could use the old moldy Brite Boy just for grins. The stinkin' stuff runs better now! I will not make this a habit, but every time he comes by...or anybody else...Sullivan...the brite boy will be offered up to the operator. You know, I really hate to admit this but I guess I should be glad it happened.  I  will not be building a track cleaning car, and why should I when I have friends who will clean the nastiness for me! Now, the clean & bright rails heat up like a soldering iron in the hot sun and maybe the dadgum ants will keep off the line. I am on to something else. Thank you and good day.              Woodrow 



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Ant goo what a hoot! do their eyes bug out :shocked: as you run over them? :) LOL



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do their eyes bug out :shocked: as you run over them? :) LOL



Could be - but I'll bet they cry UNCLE!

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We are unable to access the track manually on the scenery side of County Gate without causing damage to the scenery. We use a Tomix cleaner which can also act as a vacuum cleaner. It is excellent

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John

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John :-

Thank you for the advice.

I shall need to make inquiries re a supplier in the land downunder.

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hey don,  remember our talk about laurie mclean?  he uses a product called crc-262.  says the rails only need to be cleaned about every 6 months.  according to him, the product is applied to the rails and let sit for 24 hrs.  it bonds to the rail and makes good electrical contact.  i personally have never tried it, but alot of other guys have and they say it works.  it is also applied to the wheels.  maybe worth a try?.....steveL:



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About 70% of large scale railways use track power. Many of these railways are indoors where track power has no special problems as large scale trains are much more tolerant of non-ideal track conditions than their small scale brethren. Most HO layouts have converted to nickel silver rail because maintenance of brass rail was such a problem. However, brass rail seems to work fine for large scale indoor railroads. I clean my track indoors maybe once a year if it needs or not.
Outdoors operation presents an entirely different set of problems. To allow reliable operation with track power, the track must be cleaned periodically. There are about as many methods to cleaning track as there are outdoor layouts.
I use brass track primarily because it was fairly inexpensive and it is very robust. However, brass oxidizes and the resultant film is essentially nonconductive. Other materials such as stainless steel and nickel silver oxidize less, but oxidation is only part of the total problem. All rail materials are subject to contamination by dust, dirt, grit, snail slime and millions of crushed ant bodies (ants seem to like to use the rails as freeways). Contamination varies by region, areas that get lots of rain will have a higher oxidation and snail slime problem. Lots of wind will increase the grit problem. Very cold weather may result in an ice problem. Here in sunny Southern California, track cleaning is not a particularly big deal so that track power works quite well. In other areas, there might be a significantly different story to tell.
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