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Track Cleaning Van
A MOC Track Cleaning Van
About this creation
This is the yellow parcel van from 7735 converted to a track cleaning utility van.

The local train modelling shop gave me a block of gritty but malleable and soft stuff for cleaning track. At first I used it manually to polish the top surface of the track and was surprised to find how black it got - you can see it on the edge of the block in the photographs.

It did make a difference to the running of the trains though I've since heard that the power pick-up is from the edge of the rail and not the top surface!

Eventually I got tired of doing this manually and decided to modify one of the parcel vans. Yellow is traditional for track repair vehicles - so yellow it was.

Every now and then I run this van behind a switch engine for a couple of hours on each main loop. I press the pad manually onto the track to start with, and have used the track weight bricks for added friction. I run it as slow as possible - for an hour or so in both directions. I still do the sidings and branches manually.

However I do think its effective ... and quite cheap too!

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   The complete Van

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   In the foreground; the cleaning block (drilled), the technic axle and the weight bricks

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   Everything in place

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   Inside the Parcel Van

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   And, the hard-working operator!


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  August 23, 2006
very good idia ill try making my own version! a sponge or rubber is better than a toilet brush i suppose!
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