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Has anyone used one of these?
« on: November 13, 2019, 01:08:38 PM »

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Re: Has anyone used one of these?
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2019, 02:31:40 PM »
Yes, I’ve got the Minitrix one (which is the same model, just not yellow), and it’s fine. Not amazing, but useful enough on hidden bits of track. 

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Re: Has anyone used one of these?
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2019, 02:38:58 PM »
Yes I have the regular Minitrix one and similar Roco one.  I rarely use them, I found them underwhelming to be honest.

I'm not really convinced any wagon based track cleaner is particularly effective, they're no substitute for proper cleaning by hand which lets you apply appropriate attention to stubborn dirt, and makes you examine the track for damage and debris.  It's amazing what missing parts turn up sometimes  :D

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Re: Has anyone used one of these?
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2019, 11:33:23 PM »
Yes I have the regular Minitrix one and similar Roco one.  I rarely use them, I found them underwhelming to be honest.

I'm not really convinced any wagon based track cleaner is particularly effective, they're no substitute for proper cleaning by hand which lets you apply appropriate attention to stubborn dirt, and makes you examine the track for damage and debris.  It's amazing what missing parts turn up sometimes  :D

Never build scenery that prevents you gaining access to hidden trackwork, always incorporate a trapdoor, flap, lifting section or whatever is easiest.



this is why my track cleaners have a powereful mini magnet stuck on the back - picks up all sorts of useful / missing bits!

a small hoover is also useful - you can put a piece of stocking over the nozzle if you dont want to empty out the bag.

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Re: Has anyone used one of these?
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2019, 11:37:17 PM »
Hi all

Has anyone use one of these:-

https://www.hattons.co.uk/472911/gaugemaster_collection_gm2420101_bogie_track_cleaning_wagon_in_network_rail_yellow/stockdetail.aspx

if so was it any good?

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Re: Has anyone used one of these?
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2019, 11:02:24 AM »
I have tried several, not the one shown at the start of the thread, the Dapol cleaner, vacuumed, the Modelbahn and the CMX. CMX is by far the best, similar in some respects to the Gaugemanster except it drips IPA from a Tank onto the spring loaded cleaning pad. Pads are cleanable/ reusable. it is a very heavy unit to pull around.
The Dapol one gets dirty very quickly, pads need replacing regularly and a re expensive. Makes a good track vacuum cleaner though. Needs you to buy a adapter and dcc decoder to use with dcc or you will burn the motor out.
, which adds further to the cost.
The Modelbahn is clever, but not all that effective. Only a small section of the cleaning wheel contacts the track and that soon forms a dirty line on the cleaning wheel, replacements for these are also expensive. There are tiny magnets on one of the axles that act as a motion sensor to start the cleaning wheel motor going when the waggon is moved. These are great at finding lost Dapol easi shunt coupler springs! If your scenery is tight to uk N rail gauge, it will foul scenery unless you take bits off it. Same with the Dapol one too, they are made for continental N.

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Re: Has anyone used one of these?
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2019, 12:21:54 PM »
Hmm... somewhat ironic as protecting the scenery is part of the reason for looking at one because my fists of ham keep banging into platforms etc when I'm cleaning by hand.

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Re: Has anyone used one of these?
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2019, 12:41:28 PM »
The CMX clears everything, my main problem was / is the clearances I have left in my tunnel structure.

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Re: Has anyone used one of these?
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2019, 12:56:26 PM »
have a look here for some ideas

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35525.0

Hi @Railwaygun

That is some collection!  :D

We are always looking for easy/automated ways to do mundane tasks so the wagon cleaners etc. appeal.  I have just bought a Woodland Scenics Rail Pal to try (posh track rubber) which I hope will prove to be a good investment.

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Re: Has anyone used one of these?
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2019, 05:24:00 PM »
have a look here for some ideas

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35525.0

Hi @Railwaygun

That is some collection!  :D

We are always looking for easy/automated ways to do mundane tasks so the wagon cleaners etc. appeal.  I have just bought a Woodland Scenics Rail Pal to try (posh track rubber) which I hope will prove to be a good investment.

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an Amazon bath rubber is an excellent non abrasive cleaning block

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Re: Has anyone used one of these?
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2019, 03:43:00 PM »
I reckon the Woodland Scenics Tidy Track one is the best available. OK it's not cheap but it's so convenient. I just use IPA on the pads attached to the tool and do most of my layout by hand , then attach the handle for the tunnel and under bridges etc.
I invested in a CMX and found it far too heavy; one of the couplers has broken off but I'm open to offers.

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Re: Has anyone used one of these?
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2019, 06:07:24 PM »
The trouble with most track cleaning wagons is they just spread the muck around. Even ones that drip IPA simply put the dirt into solution, for it to dry elsewhere. I find Aldi glasses cleaning wipes to be ideal. In their folded state, fresh out of the packet, they are conveniently N gauge. They are basically stiff tissue paper soaked in IPA. The thing is, you  wipe the track, get the gunge on the paper and then throw the paper with gunge in bin. If you open one up and put it on the track it makes an ideal wheel cleaner. The loco runs onto the wipe until the last wheel loses contact with the track. I use a test oval and run the loco onto the tissue several times.

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Re: Has anyone used one of these?
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2019, 04:55:53 PM »
Thank you all for the comments, it looks as though I'm best off cleaning the track by hand!

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Re: Has anyone used one of these?
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2019, 12:46:51 AM »
Thank you all for the comments, it looks as though I'm best off cleaning the track by hand!

when its clean, then run a regular track cleaner round the track to keep it clean. also check that all your stock has nice clean wheels - especially palstic wheels. or they will simply redirty the track!
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