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Old 22nd May 2011, 11:06   #1
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Default How to maintain your N scale train

Please advise the best methods of maintaining our N scale trains

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Old 22nd May 2011, 11:17   #2
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Default Re: How to maintain your N scale train

Well, there are a couple of tips I can give.

Firstly, keep everything clean - if the loco or track has been unused for a few days or weeks, carefully clean dust and oxidation off the rails. Regularly clean the wheels of rolling stock - especially if it is plastic, as they will tend to pick up grot and grime.

If the locos are going to be unused, try to keep them dust free by storing them in cases (the plasic boxes they came in will do).

The next fairly obvious one would be to avoid dropping the locos and rolling stock (or crashing them ), else you may damage the fragile gears and wheels, aswell as fine details on the shell.

When you get a new loco, always make sure you run it in, as it will improve the way it works. If the gears are still noisy, then either a tiny amount of light oil on the gearing may help - as an alternative, a small amount of toothpaste on the small axels of the gears can also help stop them shaking around, and improve performance.

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Old 10th September 2011, 22:56   #3
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Toothpaste is an abrasive and should only be used toothpaste as an all-else-fails alternative. Before adding the toothpaste, disassemble the mechanism, clean off all of the original lubricant with warm water and dish detergent and re-assemble with toothpaste in place of the lubricant. Immediately run the engine in each direction for about a half hour at moderate speed and then disassemble to clean out the toothpaste and re-lubricate with a good quality PLASTIC COMPATIBLE product (I prefer Labelle products). Note: Do not let the toothpaste harden in the mechanism or you may not be able to get it apart to clean it.

The best tip I have ever heard for model trains of any scale: I'm sure most people reading this know better, but NEVER set up the trains on the floor. Even the cleanest floor has more dust than you want those gears exposed to, not to mention hairs that can become wrapped around an axle. Setting up trains on a carpet is just a disaster ijn the making.
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