Well then, after all this time, I realized that maybe an "update" might be OK.
The little Gila Tram has been a good thing, not just for me, but for my friend Joe.
Joe B. was a prolific builder and was working on a beautiful HOn30 layout in his little "house out back".
We used to hang out and visit the local "hobby shops" to either buy stuff or just to stir up trouble...
Joe was into r/c On30 also and we loved to watch "non believers" transfixed while watching our locomotives run across concrete floors, etc.
Joe got very ill and couldn't work on his beloved layout any more, and I could tell that he wanted/needed to at least watch a train run.
So I gave him the Gila Tram and it's pokey little Shay and cars.
He could sit and watch them run around and around for hours, which he did.
About a year after that, Joe went on to run trains in a better place,
and it took a long time to get over this, if one ever gets over someone close leaving this realm.
Soon after, his wife and daughter called me and wanted to bring the Gila back "home".
In a couple of weeks, the GT was back and I could watch it once again.
Now, here's where the story gets the update.
Earlier in this thread, my friend Jim (Mopman) commented that he never cleans his DC powered layout's track, running trains does the job.
I know that Joe never cleaned the Gila's track, and when I got it back, I hooked it up to see if anything still worked.
The little Shay is now over 20 years old and has many, many NON SCALE miles on her.
The layout started up and the train rolled around like it always has.
Now, almost 2 years later, I run the train maybe 2 or 3 times a week and have NEVER cleaned the track since it's return.
What does this all mean?
NEVER CLEAN YOUR TRACK, JUST RUN A TRAIN OFTEN!
Like my 35n2 r/c layout, no track is harmed by abrasive pads...I don't even own a Brite Boy.
So, track stays clean (maybe Joe is watching over it) and I enjoy watching the train and remembering that my old friend got to enjoy it also.
How's that for an "update"!
BTW, the Gila Tram is running around as I write this...
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