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rail cleaner

Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:40 pm
by 4472
Has anyone used the PIKO rail cleaner wagon available from Gaugemaster ??

Re: rail cleaner

Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:04 pm
by End2end
There's multiple versions. Which one / what gauge?
https://www.gaugemasterretail.com/magen ... l+cleaning

Also found this video review for you - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAON38uqFjw

ALSO - there are more liveries planned - Gaugemaster Collection Track Cleaning Wagons - Project Updates Wednesday, October 14 2020
by Jack Morgan - https://www.hattons.co.uk/newsdetail.aspx?id=813
Thanks
End2end

Re: rail cleaner

Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:22 am
by 4472
Thanks for the link, most enlightening. Will wait until they come in stock

Re: rail cleaner

Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:10 pm
by glencairn
An interesting item. One to look out for.

Glencairn

Re: rail cleaner

Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:02 pm
by 4472
Forgot to mention I am OO gauge

Re: rail cleaner

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:58 am
by cedricd
I have just received a 00 gauge Gaugemaster but with the exception of a heavy Heljan type 47 nothing else will shift it. Even that overheated after a couple of loops on an 8 x 4 layout. I`m waiting on info from supplier.

Re: rail cleaner

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:08 pm
by Paul-H
When it comes to track cleaning there is no substitute for hard work, most of us own some form of cleaning wagon, some even motorised but they end up staying in their boxes.

I find the Tomix one in Vacuum mode is ok, but only for finding those small items that have fallen of my rolling stock.

The method I use is the one often seen in America, the rough side of a bit of Hardboard (Masonite in America) glued to a wooden handle, rough enough to clean and polish, not rough enough to put scratched in the railhead which then fill with dirt.

Paul

Re: rail cleaner

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:02 pm
by Flashbang
Correct Paul.
I have a OO/HO CMX tanker rail cleaning wagon. Works a dream when filled with 99.9% Isopropanol alcohol (IPA) and it needs pushing around in front of the largest loco I have (Class 37 from Bachmann). But for a good clean nothing beats elbow grease with a suitable track rubber or as suggested the rough side of a strip of Hardboard. Then a follow up with the CMX. :D

Re: rail cleaner

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:13 am
by cedricd
Thanks for the info, just liked the idea of having a permanent set up that could whizz around and clean every now and then. We have a layout for some clients that`s not got the best access on the longest side.