Cleaning Your Model Railroad

After going to all the effort of creating your dream layout, you are going to want to clean it on a regular basis. Not only do you want to clean your layout for aesthetic purposes, but also to help with its performance. The majority of people who end up having performance issues with their trains find that these can be resolved by giving their layout, tracks, locos, and rolling stock a really good clean.

Certainly for performance issues you are going to want to look at cleaning your track and the wheels on your loco and rolling stock, as this is where a lot of dust and debris can build up which can cause power irregularities to your train.

The following videos show some great ways in which you can keep your layout and it’s components in tip top condition:

In this video hovermotion shows a simple technique for removing dust from the body of your trains (this can also be applied for rolling stock), which is particularly useful if your models have a high end of detailing on them.

Another method for removing dust from your trains is to use compressed air. Just the cans that you can get for cleaning out electronic equipment will do, or if you have an airbrush for weathering then this can also do the job just as well (just make sure that you don’t have any paint still in the lines of your airbrush when you do this).

For cleaning your track you can either use a track cleaner which was featured in this post, or you can clean the tracks by hand.

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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father. Forty two years later, his passion remains just as strong. After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common. Dan lives with his wife Helen in Washington. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop! You can find Dan on Google here!

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