Track cleaning car project

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NYC_George

Well-Known Member
I was thinking about buying a track cleaning car then I thought maybe I could build one. I cut and bent a car weight into what I thought might work for the cleaner head. I then added some plastic tubes that would slide the head in and out so I could easily change the pads. I also made some cuts in the head for the rubber bands I plan on using to hold the pads onto the head. Then I made a weight that would push the cleaner head down on the track. I drilled 2 holes in the car body and added some more plastic tubes so the head could be held in place. This is what I have so far. Went I buy some cleaning pads I'll give it a try out. I may even add a dispensing unit for cleaning fluid. I'll have to see how this all works first.

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George
 

cajon

Active Member
The easiest & better pad can be made using the rough side of a piece of Masonite. The pad can be held by two screw thru the car floor & the pad.
 
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kenw

5th Generation Texian
I used a similar design using a Bright Boy pad. I beveled the ends to allow it to ride up and over, and mounted it so that it would float up and down on some screws (counterbored the pad to recess the heads). then a post on the bright boy up into the boxcar where weight rests to press it down slightly and keep it in touch with the rails. Don't need much weight, just enough to overcome the friction in the sliding mechanism.
 

cajon

Active Member
Bright Boys leaves scratches on the railheads which collect even more dirt, oils, crud, etc. So you'll be constantly cleaning your track!!!!
 

kenw

5th Generation Texian
well, it's been doing fine in use for over 20 years. I believe the fears are overstated.
 

kenw

5th Generation Texian
yes, quite a bit. it helps to know what you are doing. If you are a bone-headed brute-force track scrubber, well, almost anything will cause problems. A sporadic and very light bright boy won't hurt a thing.
 
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