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.
- 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 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.
I covered this on my YouTube channel here.
IPA can be obtained via Amazon here.
- Involving 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.
- 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.
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