Changing the wheels on your track cleaner

stockers

stockers

Trains, aircraft, models, walking, beer, travel
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Further information in this old thread.
http://www.gscalecentral.net/track-track-laying/replacing-cleaning-wheels-on-an-lgb-track-cleaning-loco/msg229256/#msg229256
 
KeithT

KeithT

Hillwalking, chickens and - err - garden railways.
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Keep a very careful eye on the cleaning axle after the loco has been in use for any length of time. There is a tendency for thin strands of plastic to peel off the plastic cover discs virtually unnoticed, these can and will jam the axle and burn out the motor.
 
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Dan

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It is important to get the original LGB cleaning wheels as the plastic wears and its purpose is to raise the cleaning wheels at the plastic frogs on switches.
I alternate cleaning wheel kits, one year the Massoth, the next ear the LGB complete kit.
 
stevedenver

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that old thread is superb too,
and
I will again mention, beyond keeping the machine clean and free of strands, everytime you run it, as noted

I have had huge success with reversing the polarity of the cleaning wheels so that they pull with the loco direction
I have found that on slippery rail and points this gives better performance in tracking
 
nicebutdim

nicebutdim

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stevedenver said:
I have had huge success with reversing the polarity of the cleaning wheels so that they pull with the loco direction
I have found that on slippery rail and points this gives better performance in tracking
I have found this too. Mine also pulls a wagon with extra pickups for really filthy track and pointwork.