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 Posted: Tue Nov 15th, 2016 06:24 pm
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Reg,
I'm glad you got everything figured out. If this ever happens to me, cleaning loco pickup wheels will be my first thing to check beyond dirty track.
That's the advantage of a short mainline, I think, in that a large layout can hide a bunch of things that can go wrong.



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 Posted: Tue Nov 15th, 2016 07:58 pm
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Lee B wrote:
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I'm glad you got everything figured out. If this ever happens to me, cleaning loco pickup wheels will be my first thing to check beyond dirty track.
That's the advantage of a short mainline, I think, in that a large layout can hide a bunch of things that can go wrong.


Lee:

Oh yes. That is why this layout is both small (relatively) and simple. But even small and simple can have its adventures.

But it only took me about a half hour to clean all the track and switch points and apply some graphite.

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I tried to show our model RR club how the graphite thing helps. After 5 years I quit trying. Yeah, I know, quitters never win.



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Some more thoughts on GRAPHITE ! :mex:


An interesting 'solution' ( literally ! ) of soft 4B graphite & alcohol ...


... Graphite 'solution' applied by brush


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Another source of graphite powder is auto parts stores. They sell it in little tubes in powder form for locks and such. 
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Si:
That is a great approach.  Combine it with the information about graphite in powder form, and it is killer.
Since I started using graphite (and even then only one application) I have had zero contact problems.  
I have another big problem that surfaced last night.  I haven't been in the basement much in recent weeks, what with the kitchen project and other stuff going on, so the layout has been neglected.
I went downstairs last night to get a razor blade (scraping off blue masking tape...part of the kitchen project) and discovered that a plumbing shut off valve was leaking from the packing gland...right onto my curved trestle!!!! 
I put a bucket under it last night, but I need to get a new packing washer today and get that fixed this evening.  
I am hoping to be able to salvage that trestle.  A lot of damage has been done. It took me six months to build.  
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Punishment for working on dwelling project instead of what you should be doing--working on the layout

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Hi to all: You do not have to spend money on hard to find expensive graphite pencils. A carpenters pencil available at any hardware store will work fine and will probably outlast you.Ron Dz.Homewood, IL

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Herb Kephart wrote: Punishment for working on dwelling project instead of what you should be doing--working on the layout

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Reg H wrote: I am hoping to be able to salvage that trestle.  A lot of damage has been done. It took me six months to build.  
Reg

Think of it as weathering......like a colossal thunderstorm.
;)

Last edited on Wed Apr 5th, 2017 03:32 pm by mabloodhound



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