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Wellwhynot

104 posts

How often do you clean your track and loco wheels mine seem to want cleaning after each session I am using isopropanol alcohol 

walkingthedog

17605 posts

Track very occasionally, wheels even less. I don’t seem to get much dirt. Certain areas seem worse than others but usually it will be a section about an inch long. Why are you getting dirty track and wheels? Do you clean the rolling stock wheels. If any of it has plastic wheels they seem to attract and distribute dirt at a fast pace. Have you over lubricated your locos? 

 

You need a better title for your post, it doesn’t actually attract attention. Why not 'How often do you clean your track' for instance.

WTD ........... Nurse, the screens.

Caiptean

2772 posts

We usually have a weekly running session of my layout with visiting locomotives spending four or five hours trundling round. All rolling stock uses metal wheels and any dirty wheels are cleaned before running; some collect dirt rapidly - others not so. The nickel-silver track only needs cleaning every few months.  Smile

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Ericm0hff

5683 posts

If you run DCC, of course, clean more often, because it is more critical of muck!

if it works first time, you did something wrong!

walkingthedog

17605 posts

You still shouldn’t have to clean after every session. Every few months for the track.

WTD ........... Nurse, the screens.

BewseyBill

51 posts

Where in the house is your layout situated?

 

Bill

Jeff Mennell

821 posts

I clean mine about every two weeks but it's a small layout so I guess the trains go around it more frequently. Also my locos are old and spark more than new ones. Most of my rolling stock has the rubbish plastic wheels as well.

walkingthedog

17605 posts

Well worth replacing plastic wheels. Shouldn’t really get sparking.

WTD ........... Nurse, the screens.

Jeff Mennell

821 posts

WTD, I will replace them in time. Some of the old Triang locos don't have nickel silver rims and are a bit rough....

Jeff Mennell

821 posts

WTD, I will replace them in time. Some of the old Triang locos don't have nickel silver rims and are a bit rough....

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