Track cleaning

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Paul Townsend
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Re: Track cleaning

Postby Paul Townsend » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:48 am

Tim V wrote:All this correspondence - must be an article in there somewhere ...

I will be willing to report to Snooze on my trials mentioned above, when completed, so several months away.

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Re: Track cleaning

Postby steve howe » Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:28 pm

grovenor-2685 wrote:
Alan Turner wrote:I find these to be ideal as they are square and therefore rub along the top of the rail better.

Available from any decent art shop.

https://www.derwentart.com/en-gb/c/prof ... l-graphite

or these: https://www.cassart.co.uk/drawing/paste ... gIpnfD_BwE

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Alan

There is a big difference between graphite and charcoal! I would not use the latter on my track.
I have successfully used the carpenters' pencils, from Dad's workshop.
Rgds



Yes indeed! I have always used 6B unaware that softer grades existed, but presumably the higher the graphite content the better the conductivity.

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Re: Track cleaning

Postby bécasse » Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:23 pm

One of the more unexpected discoveries from exhibiting regularly in France has been that French modellers use wine to clean their tracks - and very successfully too.

The procedure is to firstly select a wine which isn't in a screw-capped bottle, secondly drink the wine, sharing it with your fellow modellers, and thirdly use the cork, whole, to clean the tracks. Any dirt disappears into the natural fissures in the cork and, being fairly soft, it doesn't abrade the rail at all. In time, the cork will need replacement but by then everyone will be thirsty again!

You can use plastic corks but the natural (or compressed) ones are best.

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Re: Track cleaning

Postby martin goodall » Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:30 pm

bécasse wrote:One of the more unexpected discoveries from exhibiting regularly in France has been that French modellers use wine to clean their tracks - and very successfully too.

The procedure is to firstly select a wine which isn't in a screw-capped bottle, secondly drink the wine, sharing it with your fellow modellers, and thirdly use the cork, whole, to clean the tracks. Any dirt disappears into the natural fissures in the cork and, being fairly soft, it doesn't abrade the rail at all. In time, the cork will need replacement but by then everyone will be thirsty again!

You can use plastic corks but the natural (or compressed) ones are best.


Brilliant! I have immediately fished out of the waste paper basket the discarded cork from a bottle of Beajolais-Quincie that my wife and I shared earlier this week. Only yesterday I cleaned all the track on my layout with a Peco track rubber, and then vacuumed off the dust, but I will certainly give the cork a go.

(The Beaujolais was very pleasant too. Quincie (there should be an acute accent over the 'e', but my keyboard can't do accents) is one of 39 named Beajolais Villages (just one step below the 10 Beaujolais crus), and this wine came from the well-known negociant house of Louis Jadot.)

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Re: Track cleaning

Postby MarkS » Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:47 pm

(there should be an acute accent over the 'e', but my keyboard can't do accents)


Martin, it's not your keyboard, it is which keys and what order you press them...

Press "Alt" and hold, press "e", let go of the Alt key, and press "e" again. - é
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Re: Track cleaning

Postby Enigma » Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:16 pm

MarkS wrote:
(there should be an acute accent over the 'e', but my keyboard can't do accents)


Martin, it's not your keyboard, it is which keys and what order you press them...

Press "Alt" and hold, press "e", let go of the Alt key, and press "e" again. - é


Doesn't work for me I'm afraid.

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Re: Track cleaning

Postby CornCrake » Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:49 pm

On my keyboard there is a key marked "Alt" to the left of the spacebar, and there is also a key marked "Alt Gr" to the right of the spacebar.

If I press & hold the key marked "Alt Gr", then press the "e" key I get é

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Re: Track cleaning

Postby Paul Townsend » Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:45 am

Bu#@&* the accent. What I need to hear is whether a Louis Jadot cork makes the track cleaner than a cork from Lidl’s plonk! I

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Re: Track cleaning

Postby Bill Newstead » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:49 am

To get é press Num Lock on the numeric keypad, press and hold down the Alt key, type the code 130 using the keys on the numeric keypad, release the Alt key. Voila! Don't forget to cancel Num Lock when you have finished.

There are codes for lots of useful characters such as ½ and ± : https://tools.oratory.com/altcodes.html

Bill

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Re: Track cleaning

Postby Noel » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:58 am

Bill Newstead wrote:To get é press Num Lock on the numeric keypad


Unless, of course, you use the numeric keypad for numbers usually, in which case you should ignore both this instruction and the reminder to cancel it at the end.

Thanks for the link, though, Bill.
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Re: Track cleaning

Postby David Knight » Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:17 pm

Paul Townsend wrote:Bu#@&* the accent. What I need to hear is whether a Louis Jadot cork makes the track cleaner than a cork from Lidl’s plonk! I


I can assure you that as long as the cork is cork it works just fine, domestic or imported makes no difference :D

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Re: Track cleaning

Postby martin goodall » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:49 am

On the subject of accented French vowels (Does this come under the heading of getting it all right ????), I was typing on an iPad. On my PC (using MS Word), there is the option of inserting symbols, including all the usual accents.

Using the Louis Jadot cork (which in this case is a composite cork) I could not detect any noticeable effect, but I had already cleaned the track the previous day with a Peco track rubber, so this was not exactly a fair test.

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Re: Track cleaning

Postby billbedford » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:35 am

On the iPad or any other IO S device just hold down a key and a list of available accented versions of that letter will come up. It even has ^w and ^y for our Welsh friends.
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