Mine is buried in a pile of boxes, but it was minor, I just tinkered with the mounting a little to make it grip the Scotchbrite pad. I also added a series diode for the motor and also a TVS to suppress any spikes from the brushes.
There's scientific evidence that isopropyl alcohol, while good at cleaning track, is poor at keeping track clean. There's an article in this MRH issue that explains the chemistry (just page through until you see "What causes the "Black Gunk" on wheels and rails" and page to follow the article). The gist of it; non-polar solvents work best at keeping track clean by inhibiting the micro-arcing that causes the black soot buildup on track. Alcohol's high dielctric constant places it low on the list.
So is the center rail on black tie track higher because of the cardboard insulator? If so anything other then the original foam could pose a problem because it would not contact the outer rails. I tried a 3m scotchbrite pad and thats the problem I had.
I have noticed that there are different thicknesses and pliability of the these. I have the 2" one for cleaning metal. Its nice because its precut. I guess I need to find a softer kitchen one and cut it out myself.
Recently opened a box of my Lionel trains and found many of the plastic cars covered with a thin layer of mold. Any ideas on how to remove the mold without damaging or scarring the surface or paint on the cars? Thanks
So I am new to the hobby and am creating my layout. I have questions about whether or not I'll be needing circuit protection while using a new modern ZW-C. While I know powerbricks are used to power the transformer, if I somehow decide to use separate bricks or transformers to power separate...