Track Cleaning

Re: Track Cleaning

Postby General Trainnut 46 » Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:58 am

Use liquid silicone; it dries leaving a conductive film on the railhead. This also prevents corrosion from caustic pollutants in the air. You can purchase spray cans at the auto parts store or bottles of fishing fly dip from the sporting goods stores. If use silicone grease on your lokie mechanisms it will contribute to maintaining the protection. Better yet, in the small scales (Z to HO) apply the grease to your pusher engines and their wheels will slip rather than derail your train on curves. Used it for fifty years in N scale with excellant results. You can also purchase the grease at SOME auto parts today; we used it for the points cams on older internal combustion engines. GTN
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Re: Track Cleaning

Postby The Fish » Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:32 pm

do not use silicone near electrical contacts!!!! It migrates onto contacts and forms a coating and insulates contacts. In Australia in the early 1970 they switched from beeswax floor polish in a telephone exchange to silicone based floor wax and within days they exchange went off the air due to silicone migrating onto contacts and insulating every contact. A team of technicians spent the next week cleaning every contact and removing the floor polish.
I use Teflon grease on my gears etc.
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