Hornby Track Cleaning Coach (4 wheel coach) Review
Track Cleaning Coach (4 wheel coach)
(R696) Rating 5/10
The track cleaning car is only
really any good for maintaining a clean track not for making a
dirty track clean. This means they need to be run regular. This
Hornby model has a very fitting maintenance livery which gives
it true purpose for running. Probably best to make up a
maintenance train which on occasion you bring out and run. The
coach that has been used (4
wheel Coach) is fictional and was never built in reality.
This may put of some modellers that are looking for accuracy
above anything else.
This model works by rubbing
two abrasive pads which are spring loaded under the car along
the track. It is meant to be pushed rather than pulled along but
I find this leads to derailment at any minor imperfection in the
track. Best to pull it behind a shunter (or any other powerful
loco). I replaced the plastic wheels on my older model with
metal wheels which helps give the model weight. The current
model comes with metal wheels.
Overall I do think this model is worth buying even though it is
not a model of a real coach. I use mine often on my layout and
it does seem to work. As I said above you can make up a
maintenance train to pull several of these coaches plus for
breakdown crane, or
flat bed wagon. Best to couple this coach directly behind
the loco to avoid derailment of the other coaches due to the
pads catching on any gaps in the track.
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