Mountain wrote:Alexander Court wrote: My locomotives have no issues with the track, they just don't work very well in general.
When I tried N gauge I found I tended to be spending ages cleaning track and wheels. I also found this with H0e despite the high quality chassis.
I found 00 gauge to be better, but surprizingly, since I have gone up a scale to 7mm narrow gauge, the extra weight added to the little 0-4-0 shunters does improve the running a bit, though I still need to clean wheels and track. Is more that things are easier to clean and I don't believe I need to clean them so often.
Though I don't yet have my layour wired up, a small oval of track with a pair of passing loops on a 2ft x 7ft layout is quick to clean. My last 00 gauge layout took me between half an hour and an hour to clean the track if I did a proper job and cleaned every siding!
What would be ideal for N and 00 gauge (Which 009 and 0-16.5 could also use) would be a device which cleans wheels of all powered and unpowered wheels in seconds.
My track is very clean at the moment and so are my locomotives wheels, but none of my locos are from this side of 1990 and all of them were purchased second hand so they were not new when I got to them. Actually my 'Blue 5' might be post-90s but I'm not sure. There may be a newer locomotive joining the fleet in the next few weeks which ought to be able to take over most of the duties on the line and will more than likely become the main resident of the engine shed at Tonglington Abbey station.