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iHobby Expo 2008 show report
Published: Thursday, October 16, 2008
Motorized track-cleaning boxcar. Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
40-foot high-cube steel boxcar. Dual high-torque motors,
pressure-sensitive cleaning pad, and magnetic knuckle couplers. $119.95.
Many New Products and Micro-Trains Line Co.
Many New Products and Micro-Trains Line Co. N scale motorized
Trainfest 2007 show report
MR covers America's largest operating railroad show
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2007
Track cleaning car. Dual high-torque electric geared motors and
pressure-sensitive cleaning disks (with peel-and-stick pads).
Ex-Roundhouse 50-foot hi-cube boxcar. Direct current $109.95, Digital
Command Control $149. Many New Products
Track cleaning car
OUR NEW TRACK
We met a new vender at the show who was selling track
cleaning cars modified from S Helper Service 40’ boxcars.
As seen from the photos below, the car has two AC motors that spin while
spring pressure between each motor and pad pushes down on to the track (the car
also has weights). The result (with
no chemicals) is a scrubbing action over the rails that does an excellent job.
Matthew Poissant, of MNP (Many New Products; A Model Railroad
Manufacturing Co.) let us try out the car on our layout at the show.
After about ten laps around each of the three track loops, the pads were
black, he then put a new set of pads on as seen, and this is how the pads
remained for the remainder of the show. About
every two hours, we ran the track cleaning car around the tracks.
The Tidewater Division decided to pool resources ($149), and we bought
one of the cars for our shows. Looks
like Matthew will also be our next sponsor, which will allow a 10% discount for
anyone else in ACSG who may be interested in purchasing a track
cleaning car. He also makes
track cleaning cars for N, HO, O, and G scale.
Check out the web sit (www.mnpinc.com).
Model Railroading > New Track Cleaning Cars shown at Timonium - 2/2007
Date: February 3, 2007 20:18
New Track Cleaning Cars shown at Timonium - 2/2007
THE WEBSITE: http://www.mnpinc.com
- "Many New Products"
Matthew Poissant, Pres. has patented a new track-cleaning system (for HO, O, S
and G Scales) that is getting good reviews at the Feb. 3/4 Timonium MD Train
Show. The link above takes you to his website, which offers more that just
that. Based out of Newport News, Virginia, the products offered also include
[another patented] steam locomotive SMOKE KIT. Check it out: you may find it
worth your time to inquire.
For those attending the show Sunday, look for the display near the back of the
second hall to the left from the public entrance. And yes, you can WALK on the
rubber mat to get close-up views of the items on display & for sale: it
was placed there to relieve pressure off your feet from walking around the
tables at the show, on the concrete floor all day!
- It works! Since Flitz is non-toxic (USDA approved for food service),
be spread on the felt pads with fingers.
Just put a small dab on the pad and spread it on so that it there are
globs left on the surface. The PULL the car SLOWLY over the section of
to be cleaned (that way, the locomotives wheels don't get any on them.
trailing wheels of the MNP track cleaning car will get some). Once
application does about 10 feet of track, maybe more. You can continue
reuse those pads as Flitz applicators until they run out. It would be
to have second set of rubber discs). You only need to make a single
over the section to be cleaned.
Wait about 10 minutes for the Flitz to work.
Then change pads to plain felt ones and PUSH the car SLOWLY over the
section. Again, push the car so that the loco wheels only go over
track and don't pick up any dirt. Note that even if they do, it is
dirt and will be easily cleaned off of the wheels as you would
normally do a
I made about 10 polishing passes over the test section which was
dirty. The rail heads looked like they were plated and no more Flitz
off on a clean cloth. There was NO Flitz residue on the
sides of the
rails or anywhere else.
Note that once the Flitz is applied with the cleaning car, it would be
faster to use a shop cloth (one of those red cloths one buys for use
for automotive work: they have NO nap) wrapped once around a wooden
polish the rails where you can reach them.
My take on this is that the MNP car does the best job I've seen of
products like Flitz (MAAS metal polish is also reported very good,
I've not used it), and then maintaining the rails in top condition
re-applications (every three to six months; even longer if I keep my
fingers off the rails :-) .
I like Flitz better than any of the GooGone or AeroLocomotive Cleaner
There is NO "conductive" or other residue which you can feel
left on the
tracks. GooGone leave enough behind that plastic wheels can be
Flitz is NON-TOXIC. You probably shouldn't use it like mayonnaise,
it is USDA approved for use in food service.
It leaves an anti-oxidant bonded to the metal. It is conductive and I
feel it with my cloth or fingers. I think it just wears out after a
but the rails stay CLEAN and shiny.
So, I'm retiring my Aztec cleaning car completely.
Edward A. Oates
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