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Housekeeping Your Layout

Postby tigerbrew » Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:39 am

Ahead of me starting to build a layout I was wondering what most people do to keep their setup clean an dust free as time goes by.
With a layout environment being so complex, fiddly and delicate you can't really just breeze in with the Dyson and blitz the thing each spring.

What are your tips and tricks for keeping excessive dust at bay without ending up with all your ballast and scenery in the vac bag ?

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Re: Housekeeping Your Layout

Postby da4472vid » Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:14 pm

just careful dusting once a week works for me using just a duster

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Re: Housekeeping Your Layout

Postby poliss » Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:36 pm

My layout has a lid and therefore doesn't get dusty.

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Re: Housekeeping Your Layout

Postby Stanier » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:05 pm

I have never dusted mine in nearly twenty years. The dust doesn't seem to affect operation, and the scenery looks more realistic now. I do dust the rolling stock now and again with a very soft paint brush. Real railways don't get dusted why should model ones?
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Re: Housekeeping Your Layout

Postby 60007 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:34 pm

Stanier wrote:I have never dusted mine in nearly twenty years. The dust doesn't seem to affect operation, and the scenery looks more realistic now. I do dust the rolling stock now and again with a very soft paint brush. Real railways don't get dusted why should model ones?


Because real railways aren't kept in a house or a garage/shed etc
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Re: Housekeeping Your Layout

Postby Metadyneman » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:43 pm

Mines in the garden!
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Re: Housekeeping Your Layout

Postby Bigmet » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:41 am

I use a small handheld 12V rechargeable dustbuster. There's a powerful magnet glued inside the dustbag, which finds any small ferrous parts vacuumed up, the rest have to be searched for. This is easy as it is a tiny dustbag and the thing is kept for use on the layout only. I do this about once every three months, and get a regular haul of small parts. Of late, its Hornby coach dynamos that are the top plastic find...

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Re: Housekeeping Your Layout

Postby Metadyneman » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:47 am

I find that Hornby railroad diesels are very good at picking up stray track pins!
You always know when it's happened coz the loco shorts out and comes to a screeching halt!
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Re: Housekeeping Your Layout

Postby jcm@gwr » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:24 am

I look after my mates layout [he suffers from MS] and we purchased the Dapol track
cleaner. We use that before using a larger vacuum, it picks up most things from the
track area on the vacuum setting. It's not that good for track pins, but thats not a
problem as the track laying was finished sometime ago.
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Re: Housekeeping Your Layout

Postby Jonny » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:27 pm

Mine doesn't seem to be getting too dusty so far. If I do come to clean it I'm not sure what I'll use.

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Re: Housekeeping Your Layout

Postby thomas the plank engine » Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:12 pm

Metadyneman wrote:Mines in the garden!


Snap,

The rain keeps it clean, sort of. :)

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Re: Housekeeping Your Layout

Postby flying scotsman123 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:21 pm

goodold sandpaper keeps the rails in check for old steel track, however mine is a mix of old and new. oh well, it's fine so far and i've been ding it that way for ten years now :D
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Re: Housekeeping Your Layout

Postby diesel » Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:38 am

I agree hornby railroad diesels are good at picking up stray track pins .

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Re: Housekeeping Your Layout

Postby ERMick » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:02 am

I've got one of those Hornby track cleaning wagons and surprisingly it actually does work. Unfortunately it also derails very easily when being pushed by a loco so on the odd occasion I use it, I end up pushing it around by hand. Probably just as easy to use a track cleaning rubber to be honest!

In my shed I also have a feather duster for lightly dusting locos/rolling stock/buildings etc and a dustpan and brush to clean the floor. All very domesticated.

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Re: Housekeeping Your Layout

Postby hosh » Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:25 am

http://www.productreview.com.au/p/makita-bhx2500.html

A good test for the layout also. Fully approved by Gomez Addams.


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