I am relatively new to 3-rail O gauge railroading (I also am involved with HO scale), and have a few questions about my equipment:
1. The springs on the coupler pivots of my K-Line GP38 are really stiff, enough to derail a car when backing through a curve (O-36 FasTrack and regular O-31), and even some of the smaller cars when running forward. Is there any way to fix this?
2. How do I reach the axle bearings on the geared side of the wheelsets of the above engine to oil them?
3. I have noticed that the wheels of brand new Lionel rolling stock tend to be fairly grimey. I've tried both Lionel and Life-Like track cleaner, which have got a lot of it off, but the wheels still seem slightly sticky. What is the best way to clean them off?
4. Does track cleaner ever go bad? My Lionel maintenance stuff came with the Pennsylvania Flyer Freight Expansion Pack, and the cleaner has a somewhat foul odor to it. The year on the cars and packaging is 2006.
Any response will be recieved with much gratitude.