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Author Topic: Gaugemaster track cleaners  (Read 312 times)

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Gaugemaster track cleaners
« on: February 22, 2020, 08:29:49 AM »
Just wondering if the gaugemaster  track cleaning wagon and the rebranded tomytec track cleaner are actually any good?


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Re: Gaugemaster track cleaners
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2020, 08:32:02 AM »
There is much discussion about track cleaners on the forum.

Please use the search function  :thumbsup:
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Re: Gaugemaster track cleaners
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2020, 08:48:53 AM »
The Tomix one is rubbish IMO, the Gaugemaster/Minitrix one is alright, neither are any substitute for just cleaning your track by hand, but the GM one is relatively useful for areas of track you can’t reach.

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Re: Gaugemaster track cleaners
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2020, 01:08:36 AM »
https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?board=65.0

the Tomix cleaner is an excellent hoover and gets fluff etc off the track v well. add a small magnet, and stray buffers etc can be fished up!

its rail cleaning is less effective and I never use it as such ( see the TC Encyclopedia above)
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Re: Gaugemaster track cleaners
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2020, 07:43:52 AM »
Do many (/any) N gauge models have metal buffers?

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Re: Gaugemaster track cleaners
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2020, 07:47:00 AM »
Some do, especially kit built, but I must admit if they're brass it ain't gonna work.

Could pick up track pins and other stuff that could cause shorts, though.
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Re: Gaugemaster track cleaners
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2020, 09:22:42 AM »
@Maurits71 has something from the continent that is excellent but can’t remember who makes it!



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Re: Gaugemaster track cleaners
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2020, 12:12:16 PM »
@Only Me    You probably referring to the Lux Modellbau cleaner?  They're expensive beasts, the current 9470 model is around £180!

https://www.lux-modellbau.de/cms/front_content.php?idcat=180



Funnily enough I recently got hold of one from ebay for £16 inc. postage, sold as not working because the seller couldn't get it to respond to DCC.    I've not tried reading the decoder but I have had it running on DC with a blanking plate  :D  I think the problem is it has an internal battery that seems to need a bit of charge before the thing will operate. 

I'm not really a fan of cleaning wagons but thought for that price I'll grab it and trial it when I get some time.
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Re: Gaugemaster track cleaners
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2020, 06:34:17 PM »
there’s only 2 track cleaners, the lux vacuum and the lux polisher, investment is the price of 3 loc’s but it is worth every penny.

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