CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?

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Re: CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?

Postby D605Eagle » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:51 pm

I'm converting an old Tri-ang track cleaner wagon to have an IPA tank and using modern felt pads on a sprung former, plus some good old lead to keep it on the track.

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Re: CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?

Postby RailwayRobbo » Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:12 pm

Just been on the DCC Supplies website.
None of the CMX Track Cleaners are now listed.

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Re: CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?

Postby RailwayRobbo » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:10 pm

Anybody else had a call from DCC Supplies?
It appears I ordered a CMX Track Cleaner way, way back in the dim and distant past (over 18 months ago).
The owner at DCC Supplies rang me personally this morning (20/06/17) to ask me if I was still interested.
Explained why there's been such a long wait getting new stock.
She's getting an order together and is expecting delivery in 3 weeks.

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Re: CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?

Postby dan8400 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:00 pm

This is good news. There do seem to be a lot of people waiting for CMX cleaners.

The wait will be worth it. They're brilliant

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Re: CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?

Postby Flashbang » Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:17 pm

Bet the CMX price has rocketed especially with low £ Pound to $ US Dollar! :o
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Re: CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?

Postby RailwayRobbo » Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:00 am

IT'S ARRIVED.

Just had my CMX track cleaner delivered about 18months after I ordered it.
Its got Kadee couplings on it so I'm going to have to fit NEM couplings. Is it an easy conversion?

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Re: CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?

Postby Mike Parkes » Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:09 pm

RailwayRobbo wrote:IT'S ARRIVED.

Just had my CMX track cleaner delivered about 18months after I ordered it.
Its got Kadee couplings on it so I'm going to have to fit NEM couplings. Is it an easy conversion?

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Think the simplest would be to a fit a loco that has NEM mounts with a Kadee temporarily - Kadee 17,18,19.20 are all NEM mounted in increasing lengths - may be best getting a pack of 20s as its the longest. Also note that its a pretty heavy vehicles so will need a loco with enough power to shove it along the track. I use a Heljan 33.

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Re: CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?

Postby dan8400 » Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:01 pm

I agree with mike. I use tension locks on everything but I have kadees on the front of a class 66 (Bachman) and a class 47 (heljan). Either is more than capable of pushing it. You ideally need a heavy, all wheel drive deisel for the CMX.

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Re: CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?

Postby RailwayRobbo » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:37 pm

Dan & Mike thanks for the info regarding the kadee couplings.
I have a Heljan Class 128 DPU which is certainly a heavy loco. Do you think that is capable of push/pulling the CMX?

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Re: CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?

Postby Mike Parkes » Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:10 pm

RailwayRobbo wrote:Dan & Mike thanks for the info regarding the kadee couplings.
I have a Heljan Class 128 DPU which is certainly a heavy loco. Do you think that is capable of push/pulling the CMX?

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Quite possibly, theres one way to find out!

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Re: CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?

Postby RailwayRobbo » Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:35 pm

Mike Parkes wrote:
RailwayRobbo wrote:Dan & Mike thanks for the info regarding the kadee couplings.
I have a Heljan Class 128 DPU which is certainly a heavy loco. Do you think that is capable of push/pulling the CMX?

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Quite possibly, theres one way to find out!


Got some Kadee couplings from The Model Centre while I was up in North Yorkshire at the weekend.
Simple fit on the Heljan Class 128 DPU and the same height as well.
Loco pulls and pushes the CMX no problem.
Off to fill it with track cleaner and give it a test run.

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Re: CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?

Postby dan8400 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:16 pm

Good news Pete!

Have fun with your Cmx. I know I wouldn't be without mine

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CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?

Postby Grumblebum » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:56 pm

From me,

Very heavy but a great piece of kit and I too use IPA,

and yes you do need a powerful loco to push/pull them around.
Pannier Tanks or Heavy Prairie's, just not up to the task.

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Re: CMX TRACK CLEANER - Anybody got any opinions (Good or Bad)?

Postby Sammo » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:58 pm

I read through all the replies and no-one has mentioned multiple units (double or treble heading)

I modified several tenders years ago using hardboard or Pico track cleaner, cut to size as a cleaner, and because the tender is attached to the loco Ive never had a problem.
However I have had to double head some locos if pulling more then 7 coaches.

Pulling 5 or 6 coaches hasn't been a problem.

The Wrenn's which I modified with Portescaps Have no problems at all, even when pulling 10 coaches.


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