Track Cleaning

Track Cleaning

Postby CN-TT » Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:30 pm

I found a new and very good working track cleaning material. It's Mr. Clean's "Magic Eraser". In a dry state it works good cleaning oil of the rail heads. But it does it's magic when moistened with 99% isopropyl alcohol. It kinda sucks the dirt inside the spongy material and as far as I can assess it's not abrasive like a cleaning rubber. The "Magic Eraser" contains no additional chemicals!!!
I replaced the original cleanig rubber on my cleaning car with a small "ME" pad. Never had cleaner tracks!!!
One other advantage is less drag.
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Re: Track Cleaning

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:25 pm

Thanks for the hint. I'm endlessly searching for something that will clean rail well. Will definitely try this.
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Re: Track Cleaning

Postby gerhard_k » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:17 pm

Björn: I forwarded your post to my friend's big HO layout (400' mainline, 12 operators) group and got 2 comments:
1. "We use(d) to use it on the boat. It's actually an abrasive cleaner, but perhaps fine enough not to damage the rail. It needs to be wet, though, and tends to disintegrate{!} when it's used (both of which might make a mess of a model railroad). Not sure I'd want to try it on my layout." (This fellow uses Bright Boy erasers, a vacuum, and manual alcohol wiping pads, the trains run really well).
2: "Think I'll wait awhile also. Actually I don't "clean" my track. I do wipe it before op sessions: I use a couple of those triangular foam pads designed for makeup application. It takes me about 15-20 minutes to wipe all the track, and there is a lot of it. When I am done, these white pads are brown on all sides -- shows what kind of stuff is floating around in my air heat house! I also give a general track inspection -- sometimes there are spots where gook has accumulated; clean with a track erasor. Once in awhile I will put down in a very few spots a touch of CRC 2-26."

Personally, I don't have a layout (yet) :whistle: but I keep clippings of interesting MR topics, so here's some of mine:
You may want to look at the long thread http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/2726 - several recommend CRC 2-26 or No-Ox or simple ATF; in fact,
No-Ox has its own thread http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/7169 - "there are several guys selling it on E Bay in little pillows that are the right size for most layouts. These are going for $4 including shipping. Several guys are selling in the 2-4 oz size (a life time supply) for under $8 delivered. You can tell it's the right stuff by reading the label for NO-OX-ID A-Special."
And then there is "Gleaming" - http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/88/p/221146/ ... px#2443425 - which some claim is the ultimate solution to the track-cleaning problem, although it sounds like a lot of (one-time) work for a larger layout. :thinking:
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Re: Track Cleaning

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:13 pm

I'm going to do the GLEAM and see how it goes :)
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Re: Track Cleaning

Postby Arseny » Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:54 am

As for me, I used Tillig art.08977 liquid cleaner, it works great!
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Re: Track Cleaning

Postby Rob M » Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:04 pm

I'm surprised no one has mentioned using Masonite.
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Re: Track Cleaning

Postby CN-TT » Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:34 pm

As always, there's more than one way to skin a cat. I like all the input.
@gerhard_k: "...and tends to disintegrate{!}" This is the trick. The cleaner should disintegrate and not the rails. I should start a long-term study.
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Re: Track Cleaning

Postby ConducTTor » Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:11 pm

Soooo......just run a pencil along the railhead?
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Re: Track Cleaning

Postby j p » Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:21 pm

Bernd wrote:Here's some more interesting things about track and electrical conduction. Ever hear of "graphene". Check it out. I wrote a post on MRH about it. It's basically using graphite in a #2 pencil rubbed on the track. The wheels will spread the grapheme to the rest of the track. Here's a link to that post. http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/20704

You can find more on Google about graphene.

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There is no way you can make graphene this way. You can make a layer of graphite, but not graphene. Graphene is a single layer carbon foil (=only 1 atom thick), very expensive. It seems that you misunderstood the original video. :lol:
Yes, it can be used for flexible tiny decoders in future. But you can never make it by rubbing a pencil on the track.
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Re: Track Cleaning

Postby ConducTTor » Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:43 pm

Bernd, the idea is that if it's more than one atom thick, it's not graphene.
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