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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    The Kleenex won't break down and turn to mush as soon as it gets wet? I wonder if we can use the same method but use coffee filters which remain in tack when wet. But they probably won't conform to the tracks as much as wet Kleenex. Double edged sword.
    I've never had an issue with the Kleenex and I douse it pretty good. No puddles, but pretty wet. I always use the Kleenex brand though. I don't know if cheaper brands work as well or not. I would think coffee filters would be too rigid and cause derailments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    The previous two posts sound like a good idea. I like the coffee filter better than the kleenex for durability. This cleans the wheel to track contacts but not any pickups from wheel/axle to car or engine. But hey, it could be an easy way to do half of the job.
    You are correct. This is mainly for cleaning freight and passenger car wheels. The locomotive wheels are a side benefit. The locos will need to have the other parts cleaned periodically but not as often since the wheel gunk isn't building up.

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    I've been resurrecting my old 1987 layout. I have a mix of wheels, Arnold, Roco, Izec (sp?), freight and passenger, late 30s to 50s German rolling stock. Most of them, after 30 years of moving and storage, have survived quite well. All of them had "lived" in their original cases in storage. I've found only maybe three or four with "sticky wheels" that seem to have collected "gunk" on one of the wheels, and one where the gunk moved up to the axle. I cleaned them up and they work fine. A few had "dust bunnies" (fine thread and dirt) that worked their way up to the axles, so I just pulled the fluff out with fine tweezers. Other than that, things are fine. Glad you didn't ask about locomotives!
    Monopoly & Octopus (modified & expanded)
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    Hi Wanabeengineer,

    I keep a box containing "bad order cars" and do maintenance and repair in batches.

    I use foam rubber or polyfill in hollow cars to improve the acoustics of hollow plastic cars.
    Happy Modeling

    Bruce

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