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Offline mickey26

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Diesels wheel cleaning
« on: February 12, 2013, 03:24:50 PM »
Hi All. Can anyone tell me the best way to clean the wheels of my engines? I have a Peco electric wheel cleaner - a probe and wire brush affair - but since switching to IPA for track cleaning I don't want to use it. Afraid it scratches the wheels. I've tried cleaning with a piece of card, the end dipped in IPA, but I have to keep putting the engine on and off the live track to turn the wheels. Fiddley at best and not really efficient. Any tips on better ways to do the job would be much appreciated.  Mickey 26

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Re: Diesels wheel cleaning
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2013, 05:33:05 PM »
Somebody once put in pictures how they laid some kitchen roll on a piece of track, dampened the sheet with some IPA and then ran the bogies on it to clean the wheels. Sorry, but I can't remember the exact details :-[
Maybe someone can come up with it.

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Re: Diesels wheel cleaning
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2013, 06:13:06 PM »
Upnick did a tutorial, have a look here: http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=913.0

At post 12 there is a youtube clip.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Diesels wheel cleaning
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2013, 06:27:55 PM »
Do you know what, in all the N gauge diesels my father and me had the one thing we never had problems with was dirty wheels. They seemed to just repel dirt, i used to do it in the early days but realise that it made no difference. Now i just look at them if it runs a little jerkily.

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Re: Diesels wheel cleaning
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2013, 06:28:32 PM »
Somebody once put in pictures how they laid some kitchen roll on a piece of track, dampened the sheet with some IPA and then ran the bogies on it to clean the wheels. Sorry, but I can't remember the exact details :-[
Maybe someone can come up with it.



I believe that was by Sprintex in the tutorials

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Re: Diesels wheel cleaning
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2013, 07:13:27 PM »
Once you have your track clean and all your loco wheels cleaned you might wish to consider something like these cleaning pads I posted about a while back.  They continually keep the worst of the dirt off of the track.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=7687.msg85644#msg85644

cheers John.

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Re: Diesels wheel cleaning
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2013, 07:34:17 PM »
Now i just look at them if it runs a little jerkily.

Richard

Cripes :o Does it have the desired result, Richard?

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Re: Diesels wheel cleaning
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2013, 07:36:29 PM »
Now i just look at them if it runs a little jerkily.

Richard

Cripes :o Does it have the desired result, Richard?

Maybe he is related to Chuck Norris! :D

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Re: Diesels wheel cleaning
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2013, 08:03:56 PM »
Upnick did a tutorial, have a look here: http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=913.0

At post 12 there is a youtube clip.  :thumbsup:


Indeed i  did to a tutorial  as you mention Jack   ;)

It works  very well   &  of course the IPA  is  superb  for track   cleaning as well    :claphappy:

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Re: Diesels wheel cleaning
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2013, 09:19:19 PM »
I forgot i was with the chairman of the pedantic society (or is it the vice chairman). SOme of my loco wheels have never been cleaned, the track doest seem to get dirtier than when they were being cleaned so why bother. I do lub the bearing and clean the comutator face but other than part failures i find they need very little servicing. Mind you i find the same with my modern OO stuff, the wheels seem to miss the crud.

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Re: Diesels wheel cleaning
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2013, 10:08:23 PM »
I forgot i was with the chairman of the pedantic society (or is it the vice chairman). SOme of my loco wheels have never been cleaned, the track doest seem to get dirtier than when they were being cleaned so why bother. I do lub the bearing and clean the comutator face but other than part failures i find they need very little servicing. Mind you i find the same with my modern OO stuff, the wheels seem to miss the crud.

Richard

The chairman of the Society of Pedants surely  :D

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Re: Diesels wheel cleaning
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2013, 05:01:56 AM »
Somebody once put in pictures how they laid some kitchen roll on a piece of track, dampened the sheet with some IPA and then ran the bogies on it to clean the wheels. Sorry, but I can't remember the exact details :-[
Maybe someone can come up with it.



I believe that was by Sprintex in the tutorials

Close ;)

Upnick started the thread on loco wheel cleaning and I tagged onto it with coach and wagon wheel cleaning. Thanks for remembering though :D

Richard, do you run on DC or DCC? DC tends to be more forgiving, but DCC is far more picky due to the fact there's a data signal carried as well and even small amounts of dirt can cause problems ;)


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Re: Diesels wheel cleaning
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2013, 11:13:37 PM »
Well, my wheel-cleaning query certainly got a lot of helpful answers. I like the videos from Upnick and Poliss. This method I shall certainly use. Have also fitted a cleaning pad to the axle of a Railfreight 35ton van. Plenty of room under there and the pad is unnoticeable. Works well too. I was surprised how much dirt it showed after only a couple of runs round the oval. Still have to shunt it up and down the freight yard tracks. Thanks a lot everyone. Mickey26. 

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Re: Diesels wheel cleaning
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2013, 08:26:31 AM »
I use the Minitrix cleaner, two or more can be connected together for longer trains (like some of the US Diesels), it sits on the track powered by your controller, I then wipe off any remaining muck with a cotton bud dipped in IPA

 

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