Hello everyone. I am a newbie here, I recently went back to model training after a long absence. My train is in the air, it is a G Scale USA train kit. With about 36 feet of track. My problem and question is how often should, I expect to clean the track. Currently I am forced to clean it daily. My area is not that dirty.
Some manufacturers are notorious for having poor electrical connections and poor performance with dirty tracks. I have a lot of large scale trains but don't have this problem, so keep the following in mind:
- Check all locomotive wheels for any dirt or grime. Also check the pick up skates if there are any.
- Do you have a cleaning block for the track? If not, use some find emery paper and give the track a good cleaning. If you have not cleaned it properly the brass will continue to oxidize and make it difficult for electrical connectivity to take place. The rails should be very shiny after this and gleam in the light.
- Get a track cleaning car from Aristocraft or LGB and run it in your trains every now and then.
- Use battery power
- Use steam power
Also, please post some pictures of your setup!!!!