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    Default Track Cleaning Cars.

    A recent discussion on the CMX Track cleaning car made me think I should show my simple and cheap track cleaning cars and how I built them. I will not get into a discussion on the CMX car's high price,here, as I have already made my point in that discussion. First off, if you don't think you can assemble a simple "shake the box to build" kit, like the old Athearn Blue Box, Box Car, I would suggest you read no further. Or, if you want to challenge yourself and make building simple Freight Car Kitss in your "repertoire" of skills, continue on!

    Here is a couple of photographs I have of one of the four track cleaner cars I use to keep ahead of the track cleaning chores on my layout. I did not design these cars, for the credit for design, we need to go back to John Allen's Gorre and Dephetid layout, where he used these car to clean track. I will build one of these cars for this thread, when I get my Blue Box kit to build.

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    If you would like to build along, you will need an Athearn Blue Box-Box Car Kit. Currently (Thanksgiving Day, 2017) there are 10 pages of Athearn Blue Box-Box Car kits available on Ebay. You want to find an unbuilt 40 foot Box Car. 40 foot because any longer than this will need a wider pad to clean the rails, because the middle of a longer car moves farther from the centerline of the track on the curves. Kit, because you need to make modifications before you assemble the car.
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    I will be doing something like this with the Masonite, or whatever it's called, and using the softer side. So I will be watching this thread.
    Retirement is for when the weekends just aren't long enough anymore.

    Paul

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    And it doesn't need to be an Athearn kit; any kit will do, including Walthers' white box, Accurail, Atlas, Tichy or whatever. What matters is that it's 1) 40 ft, 2) a box car, because you need the interior space (unless you don't mind something weird, ugly, non-prototypical, etc. running on the layout), and, as Mark said 3) a KIT, because you actually have to build something.
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    I was also looking at these kits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oplholik View Post
    I was also looking at these kits.


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    I will be describing how to make these parts yourself very easily and how to make the track cleaning car from a Athearn Blue Box-Box Car kit and not using the other cars that Kevin (Red Oak & Western) says you can use. Although you certainly can use other manufacturer's car if that is what you choose. I use the Athearn Blue Box-Box Car Kit as it is a very simple build and as the instruction show has the steel weight on the underside of the car body.
    Mark D.

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    Good thread, Mark.

    I just noticed that one f the old Ulrich cars just sold on Ebay for $15.00, and they work nicely too!
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    I'll be watching for it Mark, altho I'm getting the idea from looking at espee's kit.
    I model in N scale, and will look to see if I can take apart any of my box cars to do this.
    Retirement is for when the weekends just aren't long enough anymore.

    Paul

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    The product I know of as Masonite; or, hardboard, doesn't have a softer side. Sometimes the backside has a woven look to it, which would probably be the better side for cleaning the Railheads, as it is more abrasive. Other names for this type of Hardboard is: Quarterboard, Isorel and it probably has a few other names, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by oplholik View Post
    I will be doing something like this with the Masonite, or whatever it's called, and using the softer side. So I will be watching this thread.
    Last edited by NP2626; 11-24-2017 at 02:11 PM.
    Mark D.

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    Double posted, for some reason!
    Last edited by NP2626; 11-24-2017 at 02:12 PM.
    Mark D.

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    Northern Pacific, really terrific!

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