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  1. #21

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    Interesting, seen them but keep forgetting about them. May just have to try a set.

    Ken:
    Only one Monkey to a train or use more?

    Thanks.

    Greg
    THE MILWAUKEE NORTHERN

    Transporters of Wood, Coal, Ore and Anything Else

    Est. 1983

    HO Scale

    __________________________________________________ ___________

    Where the SOO, Milwaukee Road, C&NW and Wisconsin Central Meet


    Charter Member of the Fallen Flags Model Railroad Club

  2. #22

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg@mnrr View Post
    Interesting, seen them but keep forgetting about them. May just have to try a set.

    Ken:
    Only one Monkey to a train or use more?

    Thanks.

    Greg
    Use all ya want. I have been running them for a few years now and with all the people who have looked at my trains at home, at the club layout and at the modular shows, only one person noticed them.
    Ken
    When ya absolutely positively need model railroad fun, choose the D&J Railroad.


    Visit the progress of the construction of the D&J Railroad at:
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  3. #23

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    Ken: Could post a photo or two of them in action. They maybe or are the answer for clean track without using any liquids.

    Thanks.

    Greg
    THE MILWAUKEE NORTHERN

    Transporters of Wood, Coal, Ore and Anything Else

    Est. 1983

    HO Scale

    __________________________________________________ ___________

    Where the SOO, Milwaukee Road, C&NW and Wisconsin Central Meet


    Charter Member of the Fallen Flags Model Railroad Club

  4. #24

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    Here are a few pictures of the dust monkeys.
    Simple design and they just clip onto the axle of the rolling stock. Easy to clean. Just pull it off the axle and wipe it off with a rag or paper towel and a little paint thinner.

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    You can put one at each end of the car.

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    When they are in place, they are hardly noticeable but are cleaning the track when the car is moving. They can drag over the track or be pushed over the track.

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    Ken
    When ya absolutely positively need model railroad fun, choose the D&J Railroad.


    Visit the progress of the construction of the D&J Railroad at:
    http://www.modelrailroadforums.com/f...-From-Scratch]

  5. #25

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    Thanks for the info. Think I'll have to put some on my next order to MBK.

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    ................................ Chet


    Video - Switching in Churchill - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR-tYl9fd9s
    VIDEO Tour of the layout - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiNqrkq9xYY
    New cab ride - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiL7SgH6Wbw

  6. #26

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    Ken: Thanks for the photos and info. I'll be sure to order a set when I go to Walther's the next time. Looks like they would do the job I need to do.

    Thanks again.

    Greg
    THE MILWAUKEE NORTHERN

    Transporters of Wood, Coal, Ore and Anything Else

    Est. 1983

    HO Scale

    __________________________________________________ ___________

    Where the SOO, Milwaukee Road, C&NW and Wisconsin Central Meet


    Charter Member of the Fallen Flags Model Railroad Club

  7. #27

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    Found some Dust Monkeys on Amazon and ordered them.
    ................................ Chet


    Video - Switching in Churchill - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR-tYl9fd9s
    VIDEO Tour of the layout - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiNqrkq9xYY
    New cab ride - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiL7SgH6Wbw

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    I use a rag with alcohol for track cleaning. However..... just the other day I was in a LHS and observed tennis balls sitting near the layout. I asked the gentleman working there what they were used for. He said that they use the tennis balls to clean track. He then proceeded to show me how he drags the tennis ball over the track by hand. WOW... he got a lot of dirt off the track. He said that when the tennis ball becomes dirty from cleaning... he throws it in the washer and reuses them. I have never heard of this before. One concern I asked about was the possibility that some "fuzz" could come off the tennis ball while being dragged over rail joints. The gentleman said that has never been an issue. Has anyone else ever used or heard of using tennis balls to clean track?

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    I would be concerned about the diameter of a tennis ball hitting scenery and other details close to the track while cleaning the track. Seems to be a bit bulky in size to use as a track cleaning tool.

    Greg
    THE MILWAUKEE NORTHERN

    Transporters of Wood, Coal, Ore and Anything Else

    Est. 1983

    HO Scale

    __________________________________________________ ___________

    Where the SOO, Milwaukee Road, C&NW and Wisconsin Central Meet


    Charter Member of the Fallen Flags Model Railroad Club

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    Dust Monkeys look like a nice item to have to run on the rails just as maintenance for shinny rails.

    Dave

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