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  2. Actually tuppence is only one cent these days sadly. jeff
  3. cteno4

    Mop Type Track Cleaning Car ?

    Yep the resivior is built in and dribbles onto the rectangular sponge there you fit into the slot. i have an old heki tank car that is just a resivior for cleaner and a nice square pad in the center to just distribute fluid and do a little cleaning. I don’t think it’s been made for like 20 years or more. Aztec has some brass combo ones that use the pad for cleaner and cleaning but very pricy. They are meant as an all in one cleaner with spring loaded pad and brass for weight. You could probably make your own pretty easily out of a tank car. i never use the grinding disc or any abrasives in general. The discs are pretty rough grit and folks have reported it being really uneven and doing a lot of scratching on the rail head. Last thing you want is large scratches in the rail head as it’s a haven for muck. Even when using finer abrasives in general for cleaning that only leave micro scratches in the rail head there is a big debate if that causes a lot more ability for gunk to get and stay stuck to the track. Unless you have corrosion you shouldn’t need abrasives, simple leaning with isopropanol should do it. Also grinding creates a nasty mix of gunk and metal bits that can get flung all around your tracks with the grinding wheel. Bad stuff to have around and cleanup as well. I do like the buffing wheel, it polishes off the track and rubs off the last bits and helps dry stuff. ive never lost a traction tire on any of the locos I’ve used for cleaning with isopropanol. Most usually evaporated by the time you come back around. On of the members even uses the citrus cleaners that I think might be worse on traction tires and he's not lost any AFAIK and that stuff evaporates much slower than isopropanol. i have 2 Tomix cars but it is a lot of current for engine(s) and two cars. I went to doing vacuuming first and then the tanker, wheel, and Tomix buffer train. usually if you keep the track clean it doesn’t take much to clean it, it’s when it gets really mucked that it can really take time to get it clean. I think when really mucky a lot ends up on the inside edge of the rail and then keeps getting up onto the rail head and causing issues. But if you get it when light most all comes up easily and does not collect around the rail. jeff
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  5. VentureForth

    What did you order or the post deliver? (N Gauge)

    Would that be the same as "tuppence"?
  6. Tanuki

    A Hobby Search translation problem.

    My bad. It’s been a while...
  7. Martijn Meerts

    Mop Type Track Cleaning Car ?

    As far as I know, the little reservoir for cleaning liquid in the cleaning cars is for keeping the little sponge/foam insert wet, which in turn wets the rail heads, and then the white discs buff the track. If you look at the image at https://www.trovestar.com/images/Collections/4/gallery/ts_100614_39.jpg, on the left is the white disc and the insert, the middle one is the grinding disk without insert (you can also see a tiny hole here where the insert normally goes, this hole goes to the cleaning liquid reservoir), and on the right the vacuum (the hole is more visible here) For a full cleaning train, you probably need 3 cars, first the grinding disc, then the vacuum, and then the buffing/polishing disc. It would make quite a racket though, especially the grinding disc is loud.
  8. Welshbloke

    How do I open my DE10?

    It isn't growly, just whines a bit in a certain speed range (the one which looks best on a tabletop layout, annoyingly!) Having had locos from other manufacturers melt bearings before now I wanted to check whether there was any oil in there. Planning to add a DD51 to the fleet in a while, want to build some of the Arii/Micro Ace coaches to go with it and buy a pair of Kato KoKis for the DE10's container train first though.
  9. GDorsett

    Mop Type Track Cleaning Car ?

    I would like to build a full-service cleaning train at some point. Have two locos pull a set of four cleaning cars. The first car with sanders, followed by a vacuum, followed by either an alcohol and then buffer or an all-in-one, followed by the mop car to clean the worse of the alcohol up. Maybe I should do an entirely separate thread...
  10. GDorsett

    Mop Type Track Cleaning Car ?

    @Sheffieto continue the conversation that I mistakenly started in the delivery thread... What if we used the above mop car after the train to clean the excess? Would it pick up enough to negate the issue, do you think?
  11. GDorsett

    What did you order or the post deliver? (N Gauge)

    so maybe using a small amount (like with the Tomix cleaner) would be better on US layouts than a full tankers?
  12. Traction tires are still very widely used, although on modern US diesel models they seem to be disappearing. I suspect its due to the fact that they usually run in multiple so will have little issues with pulling power, while locomotives which run alone usually seem to be equipped. Most steam and switchers seem to have them. Kato released its Mikado a few years back without them and had to later come out with a retrofit kit to upgrade them due to the poor traction.
  13. GDorsett

    What did you order or the post deliver? (N Gauge)

    Are traction tires a thing outside of Japan? Most of the time I don't generally see traction tires on most American models as "it breaks the immersion". Bloody rivet counters...
  14. EH500 (11)

    What did you do on your layout today?

    Wiring all day long. Still missing two Arduinos, more wires and D-SUB connectors.
  15. Sheffie

    Mop Type Track Cleaning Car ?

    That little brass thumb wheel device looks exactly like something we got with our mister fan the other year. If it is the same thing, it has a tiny nozzle in the center that acts as an atomizer, so any liquid on the inside could be pushed out in a fine spray (assuming there’s a pressure source). Of of course I might be barking up the wrong tree here
  16. I’d exercise caution here. Locomotives with traction wheels could suffer degradation of the rubber, depending on the cleaner used
  17. Suica

    ICE: Basel Drift does not end well

    See 20 Minuten for more photos: https://www.20min.ch/schweiz/basel/story/Zug-entgleist-bei-Basel-Bahnhof-27682326 The train likely traveled on two tracks for almost a kilometer from the last switch to where it derailed. The distance between the tracks widens just in front of the tunnel, causing the bogies of the first coach to actually leave the track. You can see how the bogies have been turned beyond full look in the way they damaged the frame. Fortunately, thanks to derailing, it stopped just short of a separating tunnel wall. The train also passed under a bridge, which fortunately doesn't have center pillars. Edit: Here's a driver's cab video of the section between Basel Bad Bahnhof and Basel SBB The switch in question is at 02:10, the bridge at 02:40 and the tunnel at 03:00 There's also a little sign post between the tracks at @ 02:27 which likely caused the scratches seen on the left side of the derailed coach. Also, the track jurisdiction changes from DB to SBB @ 01:40 The max. speed here is 70 km/h
  18. The Casco cases that work are YP-047, YP-048, YP-547, YP-548 & YP-957 but I always find it hard to get these online (for a normal price). They're either always sold out or have a limit like 1 per household on HS. I always request them when friends visit Japan, as they're rather easy to find in model shops. Thanks for the info! At least they give you a bag of replacement loco->coach couplers with the set. They are the same (horrible) type used on Kato TGVs. Well, as for the price. That increased on both, the ICE 3 and AVE 112. I guess all manufacturers do that. However, I think the AVE is a much nicer model. I never had any love for Arnold's ICE 3 (or for any ICE 3 model for that matter. The Minitrix model is just as terrible in different ways) and I don't have much hope that it'll much improve with the new model.
  19. chadbag

    What did you do on your layout today?

    Yesterday I converted 4 more of the JNSForum EM13 ersatz boards with DH05C decoders and installed them in my N700A, Panda 287 Kuroshio, 323 Osaka Loop Line, and 223-2000 express (JR West -- Kobe/Kyoto line IIRC). ALso got FL12 installed in the Panda and doing the N700A momentarily. I have a few more stored away somewhere and need to find them. I am also in the middle of converting my second Tomix cleaning car to DCC using the Digitalzentralle board I bought last year. I also did some more reading on the DR4018 switch decoder and figrued out I did not need an external booster to power it. I can hook up a 12V supply directly to it and feed it the track signal wires (from a Loconet B cable with one end chopped and the outer wires which carry railsync so that I can plug on one end into my Booster (used for track, not the accessories -- just using it for its Loconet B port). This allows me to run a single long Loconet cable to the other end of the layout where all the switches are and position the 2x DR4018 on that end. Helps with the wiring. The Tam Valley Accessory booster is now currently superfluous but I have another use for it so it will find its way back into the layout later.
  20. cteno4

    Tapatalk

    Lol! I always look at triton — it’s one of the most loved and hated out there! Actually doing an odd hybrid right now. I would love to finally have a nice router table setup with full top adjustment as I hate fiddling under the table for adjustments, locking things, and bit changes. But going to a good solution is a lot of money and they are big! It’s the most mish mash of parts of any shop tool with table, plate, rings, fence, base, and router! It gets really expensive really fast and it’s not something I use a lot so not sure if it’s worth the money and space to upgrade. Was thinking of a little hybrid solution with the Bosch table top cabinet and a little Bosch that you can do height adjustment from the top. Also want to get good dust handling as it’s one fo the worst tools for throwing dust and chips. Most allmthe tables and fences have some issues with their dust handling. Don’t want to spend a huge amount of time making my own custom one as I don’t use it that much! Like I said it’s the worst of all the tool upgrade decisions in the shop! But having a good one I think I would use it a lot more probably, chicken and egg thing... for now i may slap together a make do with my small trim router to free trim veneer (which is a lot of the routing I do right now) easier and contain the spray. the one thing I do want is the jessem stock rollers. Saw them demonstrated and they blow feather boards away. I have them ordered for the table saw (on sale recently) but on backorder! jeff
  21. GDorsett

    Mop Type Track Cleaning Car ?

    Oh, really? Than that would explain how they could do the mop-type thingy without stopping ever decimetre or so. Maybe it sits in the top of the disk and gravity holds it down? I'll break mine out and see if I can figure it out. May not need a tanker, although if I join an N-Trak club, I'll need more than that little bit.
  22. Yeah. Sometimes I wonder how they can do it. I bought a set of 30 cheap paint brushes for modeling for US$ 1 at Walmart the other day. I figure it is cheaper to use these to paint LEDs black or whatever and then throw them out than trying to clean them (and buy paint thinner, cup, etc)
  23. chadbag

    Mop Type Track Cleaning Car ?

    I assumed the white cloth was for the liquid cleaning. The question is how to use it. Various online videos (showing how to convert to DCC) say that this cylinder thing is a liquid reservoir. Not sure how it works. See images below for what I am talking about. Manually wetting the white things would be useless IMHO as you would need to stop every short distance. (Taking the opportunity to convert my second car to DCC using an add-on board I bought in order to take these pics 🙂 )
  24. Pauljag900

    What did you order or the post deliver? (N Gauge)

    I think those foam brushes worked out about 10p each from china😂😂‘
  25. Martijn Meerts

    Tapatalk

    The reason the forum is calm and pleasant is because we have lots of people willing to donate, without us having to force things like subscriptions or locking content behind a paywall. Without the donations, it'd probably be a bit expensive for a single person to keep everything going.
  26. GDorsett

    Mop Type Track Cleaning Car ?

    The liquid cleaning part works using the white cloth disk. That gets wetted manually and then it spins. Kind of like buffing. And which little cylinder thing?
  27. chadbag

    Mop Type Track Cleaning Car ?

    To continue the questions. Would 90% isopropyl be better or is it too strong? And if anyone has English or German language instructions for the Tomix cleaning car? I have the vacuum part figured out 🙂 My question is probably what the little cylinder thing is for with the loose weight in it inside the car and how the liquid cleaning part works.
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