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Lubricating Grease for loco gears


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Apologies if this has been covered previously as I am sure it must have been. I am sure I have previously seen information on this site but I have spent considerable time searching the various forums tonight (using the search function and just looking around) without finding the answer.

 

I am currently re-assembling my Bachmann Ivatt 2-6-2 Tank. I thought I should service it before putting it all back together and then became unsure what type of grease to use on the axles and worm gear.

 

I am pretty sure that I have previously seen/been told that a silicon grease (as used in plumbing) would be fine (plus relatively cheap and easily available) but I cannot find confirmation of that. I do have some of that which I am sure I purchased because of the information I have seen but cannot be sure as it was a while ago now.

 

I know that there are some "specialist" (Teflon based?) greases available but they are quite expensive. I do understand that it may be a lot more expensive to use the wrong sort however so I would appreciate any comments/pointers to previous threads from those who have the experience please.

 

Thanks.

 

Don

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Pretty sure that 'Woodland Scenics' white grease is equivalent to what Bachmann used in split chassis locos. Compatible with the polymers used for the gears and wheelsets, which disintegrate over time, whether lubricated or not: it does not hasten their demise. Apply very sparingly for best results. Most of my split chassis grease was salvaged from the new models which often came lubricated by the shovel full - no complaints here you understand, getting a model's lifetime quantity supplied on board...

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I have used some silicon grease designed for pedal cycles from Halfords for a number of years. Its red colour makes it easy to check the coverage and acording to the blub on the tube, it is absolutley fine on plastics.

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You have a good point 34the letterbetweenb&d. I have noticed a surfeit of grease on some other models but surprisingly there was not a lot on this particular one.

 

Thanks for all the comments. I will use the silicon grease that I have as need to get moving on the re assembly. Hopefully all will be OK.

 

Many Thanks.

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