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Offline GrahamB

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Track cleaning under a Peco overall roof
« on: June 02, 2018, 04:40:57 pm »
I've probably put this in the wrong place so sorry in advance.

I have just built a Peco overall roof for my new layout Southwark Bridge. Yes, I know it's meant for OO but I think it looks right and rule 1 applies. Anyway, before I fix it down, I got wondering about cleaning the track. As I see it, my options are;
1. Fix the roof down and come up with a device to reach under,
2. Fix all the columns to the roof and simply rest it in place,
3. Fix most of the columns to the platforms, fix one in each corner to the roof and make locating holes in the platform,
4. Fix all of the columns to the platforms and rest the roof on top.

This will be a new Exhibition layout so anything that comes off the layout will need to be safely stored. I'm thinking that (4) is probably the best options.

Thoughts/comments welcome.

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Re: Track cleaning under a Peco overall roof
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2018, 04:49:36 pm »
Sounds like a job for a track cleaning mop:

http://www.mill-lane-sidings.co.uk/mlstrackmop.html
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Re: Track cleaning under a Peco overall roof
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2018, 04:53:45 pm »
I had thought about that although I'm still worried about damage to the roof.

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Re: Track cleaning under a Peco overall roof
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2018, 05:02:59 pm »
Then I vote option #3 Graham.
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Re: Track cleaning under a Peco overall roof
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2018, 05:05:51 pm »
3 or 4 would be my vote.  You need some sort of locating pin to keep it in place if the layout is joggled.

I have a similar problem, I have to remove a couple of items before my layout travels: a city wall tower, a clock tower and a crane.  The loose bits then travel in a foam padded box.
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Re: Track cleaning under a Peco overall roof
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2018, 05:15:47 pm »
Not the same as an overall roof but I use this bit of kit for cleaning into tunnels, bridges etc....

https://www.track-shack.com/acatalog/Woodland-Scenics-WTT4550-Rail-Tracker-Cleaning-Kit-Woodland-Scenics-WTT4550.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvbDQxa612wIVDpPtCh2NuQ72EAQYASABEgLxkvD_BwE

The handle is 11" long so has a decent reach and cantilevers down to horizontal if required. I do not, however, recommend their cleaning fluid as I've found it leaves a greasy residue on rails so use IPA with decent results

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Re: Track cleaning under a Peco overall roof
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2018, 05:27:10 pm »
This one works well and is cheaper:

http://www.mill-lane-sidings.co.uk/mlstrackmop.html

hope this helps

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Re: Track cleaning under a Peco overall roof
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2018, 05:57:30 pm »
Saw that in Railgooner's reply #1, Alex, but the shaft only looks to be about 6" long :hmmm:

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Re: Track cleaning under a Peco overall roof
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2018, 06:13:05 pm »
Saw that in Railgooner's reply #1, Alex, but the shaft only looks to be about 6" long :hmmm:

A bit of tape and a stick will do the job of lengthening it, just depends how long Graham's canopy will be. still cheaper than woodland scenics overpriced piece of plastic.

Regards, Alex
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Re: Track cleaning under a Peco overall roof
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2018, 06:50:17 pm »
I made one from a couple of bits of MDF and a bit of an old duster and a nut and bolt.
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Re: Track cleaning under a Peco overall roof
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2018, 08:42:42 pm »
I made one from a couple of bits of MDF and a bit of an old duster and a nut and bolt.

Wot? No sticky backed plastic and a squeezee bottle? :D

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Re: Track cleaning under a Peco overall roof
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2018, 09:42:51 pm »
For reaching under catenary wires, into tunnel mouths etc. I just use a countersink bit to create a recess in the top of a track rubber, then push the rubber along the track with a paint brush handle.
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Re: Track cleaning under a Peco overall roof
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2018, 07:58:36 am »
Thanks for the comments. I've had a dig around my spares box and found some brass tubing that's about the right size to take the plastic "pin" at the bottom of the column. I'll make up a test piece first using four locating holes into the platform and see how that works. It will be a few days though as I'm at the K&ESR the next couple of days.

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Re: Track cleaning under a Peco overall roof
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2018, 12:24:52 pm »
In the end I went for option three.

I started out by placing the canopy on a sheet of paper and marking where the four corners were. Using the paper as a template I could then identify where to make the holes in the platform. Having found a suitable piece of brass tube that the column locating pins fitted nicely I made the holes and inserted a piece of tube cut to length.



I then placed four columns into the holes, loosely fixed them with tacky wax and then placed the roof on top.



Once I was happy that everything lined up I glued the columns to the canopy. When everything had dried (Next day), I removed and refitted the canopy to ensure everything fitted as it should. I then cut the locating pins off the bottom of all the remaining columns and glued them to the platform.



So now I can remove the canopy easily for track cleaning, maintenance or modification as required. I know it's meant for OO but I think it suits N gauge nicely.

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Re: Track cleaning under a Peco overall roof
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2018, 12:57:28 pm »
Great job Graham. It looks like it was made for N. :thumbsup:
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