But I thought you oiled your track?Well, it was behind the couch and love seat, and that made it a little more difficult. Also, if I used alcohol and a rag it had to be gone over several times to get off what was contaminating the track. Much easier and a lot more fun to run the train.
If you oil the brushes and commutator, won't this make carbonized deposits on the commutator face when the brushes naturally spark on the commutator?If you have locos with sliding shoe pickups, then oiling the center rail is a good idea. For the roller pickups, it is not so important, but oiling the shaft that the roller turns on is a good idea. Oil on this shaft does not prevent the electrons from getting from the roller to the pickup arm, in spite of what some people have suggested. We oil the axles that the drivers turn on, don't we? And the electrons get through this oil just fine. As many of you know, I also oil the commutators and brushes on my locos, and the electrons get through this just fine.