You can’t stop your model railway track getting dirty but it doesn’t have to cost a lot to keep it clean and your trains running smoothly. Here’s what I do.
If you have a large layout it can cost a lot to keep it in tip-top condition. I seem to burn through track rubbers (even though I don’t like using them but that’s another story) at an alarming rate! And even on temporary set or small layouts — especially those in living areas such as tabletops where they attract dirt — you can spend more than you’d expect cleaning them.
Luckily, there’s an alternative and he’s my latest YouTube video to show what I use and how. It’s a far cheaper and easier technique for track cleaning.
This works on all gauges of metal track model railways, including of course N, OO and HO.
It features Isopropyl which you can get on the high street although as mentioned in the video I get mine in 1lt bottles from eBay for around £6 to £8, link here.
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