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    Default WS Tidy Track Roto Wheel Cleaner

    Has anyone tried the WS Tidy Track Roto Wheel Cleaner that came out a couple years ago? If so, do you actually and/or still use it and would you recommend it? I'm thinking about picking one up but want to make sure you guys haven't had anything misfortune with them first.

    Here is what I'm talking about if you aren't familiar (from Woodland Scenics website):
    https://woodlandscenics.woodlandscen...TT4560_f_1.jpg

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    I had one, it worked but it was very poorly constructed. Wires became unsoldered almost instantly and the thing quite literally fell apart
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    I have one. It hasn’t fallen apart but half the time I leave it in the drawer and just use a paper towel soaked with 70% alcohol, which seems to work just as well - and without much expense. Perhaps it might be better for more stubborn grime, but I haven’t run into this yet.

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    I had one - long since gone in the trash. I just do it the old fashioned way - paper towels over a spare track soaked with alcohol.

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    I had one. Worked for a short time and then had to repair it. Broke again. Try the one from Japan. I can't remember the name. Check Hobbysearch. It works well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danb View Post
    I have one. It hasn’t fallen apart but half the time I leave it in the drawer and just use a paper towel soaked with 70% alcohol, which seems to work just as well - and without much expense. Perhaps it might be better for more stubborn grime, but I haven’t run into this yet.
    coffee filters work great too and less likely to get stuck between rails etc (although I still somehow manage )

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    I just use a square of toilet paper for that.

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    I have one. Don't feel it works very well. Also way too short for some of the larger locos & engines, such as the
    FEF 3 (Four Eight Four), and the EMD DD40AX. I wouldn't waste my money again on it.

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    Thanks for the responses, exactly why I wanted to ask before spending money. No one ever talks about them so I had my suspicions they were junk. I'll figure out something else to buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emaleyiii View Post
    Try the one from Japan. I can't remember the name. Check Hobbysearch
    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/m/10014385

    Is this it?
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    I have one I guess I am the lucky one hasn't broken yet
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    Some of my club members have it and I've used it at shows we go to. It's more convenient than coffee filters that I use at home. So far I haven't heard anything about them breaking.

    The good thing about this is that you can clean both trucks in one action. Just drop it on a straight track and go. It has pickups at the bottom.

    I'll probably end up getting my own.

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    I've been looking across Google for DIY locomotive wheel cleaners without much success... thoughts?
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    Fifer recommends -
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV6gUkLsm0k
    Trix $58
    This guy recommends alcohol wipes
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYZrpERhKkg
    This guy uses paper towel and alcohol - good tip on cleaning your hands
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__yHj-XUruU

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    I have the Tidy Track and don't like it. I also have the Trix wheel cleaner which may be good for short engines that do not have traction tires. The brass bristles are destructive of rubber tires.

    Like others, I use alcohol and paper towels on my staging track.
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    Isn't just laying some damp with alcohol paper towel on the track, running the train, flipping it around, running it again a pretty easy way of cleaning? These special expensive cleaning tools seem to do the exact same thing they just get both trucks at once.

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    http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10321084

    This is the one I got. They also have an N scale version.

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    fwiw I use mine and it does a decent job and is still intact. I put the cleaner on a straight section of track instead of using the wire and alligator clips. should mention that my locos are all 4 and early 6 axles like SD-9's. Don't know if longer locos would be harder on the cleaner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotian_Huntress View Post
    Fifer recommends -
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV6gUkLsm0k
    Trix $58
    This guy recommends alcohol wipes
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYZrpERhKkg
    This guy uses paper towel and alcohol - good tip on cleaning your hands
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__yHj-XUruU
    I cringe every time I see someone use that Trix upside down brass brush to clean loco wheels. That will put micro sratches and grooves on your metal wheels which will catch crud when you run the loco. And the damage is permanent. It's similar to using Brite Boy to clean your tracks. Puts micro groves on them and although for the immediate now it works, but you'll end up cleaning the tracks more often due to the groves storing all the crud. Same principle but now on your loco wheels.

    The best surface is a glass smooth surface so it doesn't retain any crud and it's easy to clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baronjutter View Post
    Isn't just laying some damp with alcohol paper towel on the track, running the train, flipping it around, running it again a pretty easy way of cleaning?
    Yup, and for now I am planning to just keep using that method.

    I have $35 in Amazon gift cards though and I'm trying to figure out what to spend it on, so I thought it would be cool to have a locomotive wheel cleaning station set up ready to go at a moment's notice.

    After giving it some thought, I might try to make my own. More likely though I'll never get around to it; seems like my tuits are forever square.
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