Carriage or truck suitable for rail cleaner device?

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Ali Maclaurin

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Hello.
Jim and I are new to the forum. (He’s a Luddite so I have to do the typing!)
We have a lovely small set of 2 engines and a selection of carriages and trucks which have sat in our attic for 15 years since our son went off trains.
This year we decided that we needed to bring some joy to the world so we have built a track in our front garden and are going to run some trains next week for the village scarecrow festival.
We bought a track cleaner that is supposed to fit on the bottom of a truck or carriage. It doesn’t fit on anything we own! They are either too big or too small or the wrong shape on the bottom.
Does anyone have a track cleaner they use regularly? What is it on the bottom of?
We are happy to buy something but our local shop has not the specialist knowledge to be able to advise.
please help.
thank you
 
Gizzy

Gizzy

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Hullo and welcome to the forum.

I have a couple of these track cleaning devices, which are on the underside of a Matra crane and a open wagon.

I reckon you might have some of the shorter ToyTrain wagons which have a chassis of 30 cm. Unfortunately, these cleaners fit to longer 40 cm chassis, so you will have to obtain a longer wagon.

If your wagon has a 40 cm chassis then you may need to remove the air tanks underneath.

A picture of your wagons would help....
 
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jimmytrains_0

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is the track cleaner an lgb one?
Are your carriages lgb?
if this is yes push and pull the air cylinders off the moulding, they are curved and in a groove which will hold your cleaner when they come off. on a 4026 4021 4020 ( these are wagons ) there are similar tanks or brake equipment which will come off in the same way. This gives a flat area with suitable holes to clip the brackets on the cleaner. Always keep parts which come off, to either return later when you don't wish to use the cleaner anymore, or you sell the stock.
 
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jimmytrains_0

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The air cylinders are not fixed by glue or any substance they are a very tight fit. don't use a tool you can remove with fingers.
 
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phils2um

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Hi Ali - You don't say what brand of trains you have. It's difficult to answer your question without knowing. If they are LGB and the track cleaner is a LGB 50050 it should be pretty straight forward. It will fit on the bottom of any 300mm freight or passenger wagon included with LGB Stainz starter sets.. The track cleaner instruction pamphlet illustrations are fairly clear. You just need to remove some of the undercarriage detail pieces as shown in the instructions for the track cleaner to fit.
 
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jimmytrains_0

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This shows the wagon piece which come off as with my previous post on the coach. they are tight and there is a hole in the centre it is not a screw hole, it will unhook as the air cylinder. use your fingers again no tools, remember when you have re attached the cleaner to the wagon add a load to the wagon, something with a little weight, or as one of my mates did add a giggle box and have some fun. a cheap toy which looks good being transported always looks good. and wrapped sweets are brilliant to hide the extra weight under. the photo is from a 4010 wagon may be a little light weight for your needs. it is also shallow as a body. A 4011 with three lids could hide some weight and carry sweets.
 
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Paul M

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Welcome, I hope you have found a solution to your problem