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Offline dannyboyz  
#1 Posted : 25 July 2022 23:09:34(UTC)

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Location: Leitrim
I am still planning my first z gauge layout and have been reading about High Frequency Electronic Track Cleaners, something like the Gaugemaster HF1.

Do z gauge modellers use them and what, in general, are peoples impressions of them and are they necessary? I am aware of the need to keep track and wheels clean, but was wondering if this type of thing was needed? I would appreciate your opinions.
Offline Zme  
#2 Posted : 30 July 2022 22:15:23(UTC)

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Hello hope all is well.

I guess there aren’t many using the Guagemaster device.

There are wagons with a pad under which cleans the track. Many say these work very well.

I just use a cleaning type wand because I have a smaller layout and it doesn’t take that long.

Users said the best cleaning liquid was the contact cleaning spray like that made by WD 40. It seems to have less water in it.

Take good care.

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Offline Toosmall  
#3 Posted : 30 July 2022 22:46:16(UTC)

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I filled this wagon with a block of lead and tow it around with two heavy locos. A bit of cleaning cloth wrapped around 2 layers of Wettex kitchen dish cleaning cloth/sponge https://www.vileda.com.au/cloths/wettex-wet has about the right pressure on the rails.

You can get a lead diving weight from a diving shop or large fishing weight, bash it with a hammer or use jewelry rolling mill. A wood chisel to cut to size. Re hammed to fine tune dimensions.

Screw taps into lead, if keen tap a thread.

I have had no issues pulling it over points. Dab it on paper towel to clean sponge.

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Offline Mman  
#4 Posted : 30 July 2022 23:13:05(UTC)

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I have a couple of 8002 track cleaning railcars which work very well keeping the tracks clean and the special track cleaning gondola with the pad underneath.
Yet at any time if I wipe around with a piece of kitchen roll it will always pick up black marks from the railhead.
I don’t suffer from poor electrical pickup anywhere on the layouts so these cleaners must be doing some good.
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Offline Carim  
#5 Posted : 01 August 2022 11:30:44(UTC)

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I would check with GM first before installing a HF-1. I know it doesn't work with some power clips, so I think there might be a problem if you use 8590 as the interference suppressor may inhibit the HF-1. Also, whilst the instructions for the HF-1 say that it can be used for Z scale, I wonder whether there could be any impact on the capacitors in the locomotives themselves.

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Offline parakiet  
#6 Posted : 02 August 2022 10:32:11(UTC)

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Location: Flanders!
You should also do some trials.
Sometimes it are specific loco types or a specific loc who doesn't want to play nice.

Sometimes you can tinker with the loc to get it working. Or perhaps you need to add two of em together to double the electrical pickup.

Worst case scenario, you just have a non compatible loc. That's not the end of the world. There are different manufacturers and even more loco types.
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