Budget Techniques To Clean Your Track - Model Railway Engineer

Budget Techniques To Clean Your Track

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Looking for tools to keep your railway track clean on the cheap? Model Railway Engineer finds 3 popular budget solutions from model railway magicians across the Internet.

  1. Perhaps simplest and easiest first. Railway forums across the web have numerous posts from members, such as this one on Model Railway Forum.Com, that recommend White Spirit or IPA Isopropyl Alcohol – both very similar – on a lint free cloth. Just dip the cloth into the fluid and run it over the track head. White spirit starts at under £10 from hardware stores or Amazon.
  2. model railway trackInvolving slightly more physical effort (but not much), the gurus at New Railway Modellers suggest using track rubber. Available from approximately £5 via Amazon or model railway hobbyist stores, just rub your rail track over with this to shift stubborn dirt.
  3. Amongst a discussion on this very subject over at yourmodelrailway.net was perhaps the lowest cost option. Use a bit of hardboard. In the post describing it, a description is given of how hardboard is attached to a truck and then pushed around the track but there’s nothing to stop you doing this manually and just rubbing the track surface with the wood yourself – as would be done with the cloth and white spirit tip above.

That’s 3 budget tips from model railway forums, what are your favourite techniques? Add yours in a comment below, alternatively if you’re looking for more model railway cleaning advice see 7 tips that’ll make your model train-run smoothly.

Picture credit, Orin Zebest

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