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Old 06-06-2020, 04:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Actually, you will get pink on the surface (copper look) but a quick run with a track cleaner on the rail tops will make it look brass again.


I agree about rinsing. I have wiped rail tops with CLR, or the ZEP products (better) to remove oxidation with success.


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Old 06-07-2020, 10:38 AM   #12 (permalink)
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HOw much is "a lot" of track? I went the more expensive, but easier way, and bought a LGB track cleaning engine
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On brass track, I always wondered about using Brasso or maybe Barkeeper's Friend? I know I have used Brasso on brass items in the past and it does a great job but have never tried it on track as nobody ever says they use it and maybe it leaves some residue that is bad for wheels????? Sure not as convenient as an abrasive on a stick, but i would think not as abrasive as an abrasive. I asked about using it on that "Track Talk Live" and Doug Hodgedon just said not to use brass track, and when I asked him later where to buy new G track other than brass for outdoors, he admitted to not knowing and suggested contacting some retailer friend of his.

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Old 06-12-2020, 05:36 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Use a drywall sander with a Scotch Brite pad.

Correct info agree
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Thanks Greg for the link and information. Because of work I haven’t been able to run trains for a couple of years. My railroad has been neglected for to long. With 400 feet of track my work is cut out for me. Thanks everyone.
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Simplest way, in my mind is the Piko Track Cleaning Engine... just under $300, even if you dont find a shop with a discount! If you have a lot of track, get two.

I use the original 38501, but don't have the R/C control that this one has. It worked fine for me, even when I hadn't run trains in months.
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Old 06-15-2020, 03:37 PM   #17 (permalink)
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It does not clean highly tarnished rails very well, it really takes a long time if you neglect your track.


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LGB cleaning block for the tops of the rails, and a wire wheel on a Dremel tool to polish the sides where the connections are between each section of track. I did away with the need for track power and went with onboard battery power and live steam powered locomotives. SO much nicer to not have to deal with cleaning track beyond a quick walk around to clear away sticks and leaves. MIke
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OK my 2 cents: use a drywall sanding pole/pad with a fine grit pad - could be Scotch Brite or could be the screen like material you use on joint compound. Be gentle, you don't want to deeply scratch the top of the rail, that could trap dirt and make cleaning more frequent...

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Old 06-28-2020, 07:48 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I like the LGB block as it appears to polish rather than 'grind' the rails. Same material in their track cleaner loco and the add on unit for under the car.
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