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    In photo # 1 above, I have used Gorilla Glue to attach the Metal Weight Plate to the Car Floor, using my Nail Guide Pins to make sure of the Weights Plate's alignment to the Car Floor.

    In photo # 2, I am using my Clothes Pin Spring Clamps to clamp the Weight Plate to the Car Floor, while the Gorilla Glue sets-up. I have found these Clothes Pin Clamps to be very handy for all kinds of jobs!
    Last edited by NP2626; 11-29-2017 at 04:55 AM.
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    Photo # 1 shows me Counter sinking the back side of the Cleaning Pad so that the Nail Heads don't stick out past the cleaning surface of the Cleaning Pad. This is done by determining how big the Nail Heads are with your calipers and using a drill a bit larger than that to make a hole. VERY IMPORTANT:Run the drill motor backwards while drilling these Countersinks! Otherwise you will end up with a Nail Head sized hole!

    In Photo # 2, I have used Gorilla Glue to secure the Cleaning Pad and Nail Heads together. The Cleaning Pad was clamped to my bench top and the Car Floor and Weight Plate where shimmed up and placed over the Nail Guide Pins and the alignment checked. When all looked right, I clamped the Car Floor/Weight Plate in place. This is how the assembly was left overnight so the Gorilla Glue could completely cure (note Gorilla Glue likes moisture when curing so I used a small paint brush and water to wet out the joints.

    I'd like to tell everyone that everything went just as I have shown. However, all is not as it seems! When I checked the alignment of the Cleaning Pad to the Weight Plate/Car Floor the first time, I found that the holes in my pad where not close enough to the centerline of the Cleaning Pad and so had to make a new Cleaning Pad. My guess is that if some of you make these Track Cleaning Cars, you might find similar problems. Just try to make sure that your Weight Plate/Car Floor are well aligned, as it is difficult/costly to have to replace them!
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    Photo # 1 shows me cutting in the cross hatch saw kerfs, making the Cleaning Pad more aggressive at removing MUNG from the rail heads. (Although this operation should probably be done before mounting the Nail Pins, in my case, because I now have five of these cars, I need to be able rejuvenate used pads every once in a while, so making a Jig for doing so, makes some sense).

    Photo # 2 shows the saw kerf cross hatches cut into the Cleaning Pad.

    In essence, this completes the job of making the parts needed for making one of my Track Cleaning Cars. However, I still need to add a weight to the Cleaning Pad. I will show this and I will also show a photo of the completed car.

    The big reason that I like using these old Athearn Blue Box-Box Cars is the fact that the car weight ends up on the underside of the car. This means that if any wear does occur, it happens to the steel plate and Nail Pins, steel parts which wear very slowly. Also, the old Athearn Blue Box Kits are stupid-simple to build; so, even those of you with little to no experience building a kit, will be successful. Also, there is no brake details on the underside so there is nothing for the Cleaning Pad to get hung up on.

    Some of you might feel that these older Athearn Cars, due to a lack of realistic detail, have no place on your railroad. In this case you might be better off buying the CMX car; or, the Centerline Products car. Although I have never attempted to convert a Ready To Run Car for this purpose, it certainly may be possible. In which case I should think many of us here would like to see how you accomplished this.
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    My camera has been screwing up, I took photos of my finished car; but, could not get them to reproduce here. So, I took new ones and here they are. You can see the washer that I used as weight on the cleaning pad in the photos. I paint the pad and washer with Grimy Black so it doesn't show up so well.

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    This concludes the build portion of a Track Cleaning Car on this thread. If others of you have methods of building track cleaning equipment. this would be a good place to show them.
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    A-Line offers a complete Masonite track tracking pad kit. Works great!

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    What, nobody wants to build things for themselves anymore?
    Mark D.

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    Maybe some would just like to put a car kit together, and to bash it enough to use the A-Line pad kit...unless I misunderstand what Greg is describing. I took his description to mean there's a pad to which some sort of buffing material can be added, and that it mounts on a box car or onto a hopper, or something.

    Thanks for posting your series, Mark. It was useful. I may have a go at it next year after I have my layout up and running.
    Crandell

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    Quote Originally Posted by NP2626 View Post
    What, nobody wants to build things for themselves anymore?
    Not to much interest in building a track cleaning car. I have a lot of scenery work to do though.
    Ken
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    Mark .. I be busy and need to re-read your thread. I like what you have done and I think that I will try one in the not too distant future.
    Nice job my friend.
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    Sherrel
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    Quote Originally Posted by D&J RailRoad View Post
    Not to much interest in building a track cleaning car. I have a lot of scenery work to do though.
    KEN in VA: You may need the track cleaning car after doing scenery work?

    Smoke is all blowing out to sea with the huge high pressure area that is causing the Santa Anna winds and fanning the fires.
    Thanks for asking.
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    Sherrel
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