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    Quote Originally Posted by GNMT76 View Post
    Ken,

    The CMX is a powered unit, is it not?
    Nope, it needs a loco or two to move it.
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    Tony
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    Well, that's a bummer. A lot of money for heavyweight brass when a few weights elsewhere would have achieved the same result.

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    The reason its made from brass is that the manufacturer recommends the use of lacquer thinner, acetone, or MEK as the cleaning agent. All those would simply eat a plastic car.
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    The car maybe expensive (a matter of relativity) but it will, or should, last a lifetime. It becomes (or should become) a one time purchase. Considering how important it is to maintain our track work for proper running of trains, I think the price, along with its ability to use a variety of cleaning agents, is well worth the money.
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    Tony
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    Tony,

    I appreciate your thoughts and the recommendation.

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    I have wondered why these things are so stupid high priced! The best price I found was from StevesDepot @ $144.95, which is even better than M.B. Klien's ModelTrainStuff. Brass is not all that expensive and my guess is it needs to be some type of metal to stand up to the solvents and/or cleaners used. The price of brass does not justify the high price. My guess would be the small quantities manufactured and the somewhat complicated method of controlling the amount of cleaner/solvent used, when in use, is why the cost is so high. I use home made track cleaning cars with Masonite sliders to clean the track. My layout sits idle from April to October, in October when I want to start running again, I have these four track cleaners hooked together and run around making many passes over the layout, cleaning the main line. This leaves the rail-heads very shinny and conductive. I clean my locomotive wheels with Goop. This method of track and wheel cleaning has worked very well for me, it is cheap and so reliable, that I wonder why others invest so much money in track cleaning! It is a choice, if you have the extra loose change to spend, buy one. I simply don't have that kind of loose change!
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    Mark D.

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    The CMX is one of many, effective track cleaning devices. Dust monkeys are the cheapest and you can install many of them on one train. They can be cleaned by just wiping them off with some paint thinner or alcohol.
    I would caution all about the notion of using MEK or Acetone as a track cleaner. That stuff will soften the engineer plastic that most trucks and ties are made of. Apply a little to much to part of your track and you will have track that gets out of gauge.
    IF you are skeptical of the warnings, test it on a scrap piece of track. Let it set for a few minutes then check how soft the plastic gets, then check the gauge with the NMRA track gauge.
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    Having thought about how much money some of you will spend on track cleaning, I've decided to show how easily I build mine. I will place the thread in the General Discussion Forum. The thread will start after I get the Athearn Blue Box Southern Pacific Box Car I just bought off Ebay, sometime the end of next week, probably around Friday November 30th, 2017. If interested, tag along!
    Mark D.

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    Not arguing with anyone but have to smile over some things. Seems the main (only) issue some have with the CMX is the price, $150 (in round figures) but we don't complain about an engine costing $400 or a set of rolling stock costing $150 and so on?

    I can only only conclude that people either place less importance on track cleaning and therefore believe they shouldn't be paying a given price OR, because options (regardless of effectiveness) are available for much less money. I'm wondering, if that is the case, people would pay much less for engines if much cheaper options were available, regardless of the quality or effectiveness of that much cheaper model?
    Cheers,

    Tony
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    Tony, My way with simple John Allen type track cleaning cars have worked extremely well for me. Even if I thought that a CMX car was the ultimate in high tech. track cleaning and could afford to pay $144.95 for one, if my way is so much cheaper and works well, why would I buy a CMX?

    Your question: "I'm wondering, if that is the case, people would pay much less for engines if much cheaper options were available, regardless of the quality or effectiveness of that much cheaper model The reality is that cheaper option really no longer exists. I have attempted to find cheaper, buying used steam locomotives on Ebay, re-conditioning them, where I can and I change motors, install DCC Sound decoders in them and use them. For some reason for me, spending two hundred plus or even more for a locomotive is easy enough to rationalize if I have the money. $144.95 to clean my track, not so much!
    Mark D.

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    Northern Pacific, really terrific!

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