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How many RMWebbers remember the introduction of these track cleaning vehicles   

They are pure 1960s Triang.  

I bought two, one for my sons 00 layout and one for my EM, by replacing the wheel sets.

The idea was to soak the felt pad, in the middle of the vehicle, with meths and run it in a train, with varying results.

 

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There was a discussion the other day about the red that Midland Locomotive and Engineer's Department stock was painted. I don't think that's quite the shade, though I wasn't so well-informed in my innocent youth:

 

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Airfix 16 ton mineral wagon underframes at bottom!

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Now that I have difficulty cleaning the trackwork of Kirkby Malham, I have had to bring my old track cleaners into use.  We do not have any 00, so now both vehicles run on EM track.

Rather than have two vehicles of trans Atlantic origin, I rebuilt one into something resembling a British van.  The felt pad was replaced by a piece of hardboard sprung downwards and rubbing on the rails.

one end has a loop of wire to engage with the AJ couplings, the other end still has the Triang coupling in case I need to run both vehicles in tandem.

 

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The track cleaning will be powered by my old 3F, a MPD kit from about the 1970s.  I never use it in normal times, it is way out of my period.

 

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4 hours ago, Compound2632 said:

There was a discussion the other day about the red that Midland Locomotive and Engineer's Department stock was painted. I don't think that's quite the shade, though I wasn't so well-informed in my innocent youth:

 

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Airfix 16 ton mineral wagon underframes at bottom!

Actually, the two shades of red don’t seem too far apart, at least in photos.

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The. Track cleaning  seems  to work .  The  problem  arises in getting the balance between the springing and loading the vehicle with some weight.

If the thing is too heavy, the loco will not be able to push it, yet if too light, the sprung hardboard “rubber”  will lift the van off the track and derail.

Derek

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Derek

 

I dispensed with the spring on the ones I have made. I just let thechardboard float (it uses two nails glued onto thechardboard running in two holes in the floornof the vehicles used. Added weight to the hardboard can make use of 2p pieces or a piece of lead.

 

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Thanks for that Barry.  The hardboard is stuck to a piece of copper clad, which has two bits of rod soldered to it.  They run in tubes stuck to the van floor forming guides.

Iwill try dispensing with the spring, might make life a bit easier.

Derek

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