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    Nobody has mentioned this, so I'm going to chime in with: workbench clean up. Will dirty track and loco wheels affect performance? You betcha! But when my workbench gets trashed I completely stop working on my layout until I suck it up and get a good cleaning session done.
    Afterward I get invigorated and get a bunch done. Once it starts getting too messy again I find that I'll stop working on it. Nothing worse than a messy workbench holding up layout work/construction.
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    It's funny how everyone's environment is different in how it affects the performance of locomotives. I've cleaned the wheels on mine for sure, but the cleaning has never solved a contact issue it's only been a routine maintenance thing. The wheels on mine just don't ever look that dirty. But as I said the metal parts in the truck and the copper contact above the truck is what gets mine to start acting up. I dunno ...

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    hi nskale,

    keeping the contacts inside the loco clean is a struggle.
    one way to reduce that problem is an antioxidation product like no-ox and bulb-grease.
    it does not take much to have a positive effect...

    on at least one loco, I am sure I added it three times before I decided to add extra just so I would know I added it.

    If I kept better records I'd a known.

    victor

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