Model Train Cars

The best place to get great buys on train cars are at train club swap meets garage sales estate sales you can go to online auction sites but remember you have to pay the postage to get the train car sent to you.

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What You Should Know About Your Model Train

1) LIKE ANY PIECE OF PRECISION EQUIPMENT, YOUR RAILROAD WILL NEED A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MAINTENANCE.

PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT MAINTENANCE WILL BE KEEPING THE TRACK CLEAN. REGARDLESS OF WHAT KIND OF METAL YOUR TRACK IS MADE OF, IT WILL OXIDIZE, WHICH WILL PREVENT THE WHEELS OF YOUR LOCOMOTIVE FROM GETTING GOOD ELECTRICAL CONTACT.

YOU CAN USE AN ABRASIVE BLOCK SUCH AS A BRIGHT BOY, OR ONE OF THE MANY LIQUID TRACK CLEANERS.

2) THE LOCOMOTIVE WHEELS ALSO NEED TO BE CLEANED OCCASIONALLY. THEY CAN BE CLEANED WITH A COTTON SWAB AND ALCOHOL, SMOKE FLUID, OR A TRACK CLEANING FLUID MADE FOR THAT PURPOSE. YOU CAN ALSO USE THE SAME BRIGHT BOY YOU USED ON THE TRACK, FOR THE REALLY STUBBORN DIRT OR OXIDATION.

3) THE LOCOMOTIVE NEEDS TO BE LUBRICATED OCCASIONALLY, BUT VERY SPARINGLY. IT WOULD BE BETTER NOT TO USE OIL AT ALL THAN TO USE TOO MUCH. THE SAFEST WAY TO OIL A LOCOMOTIVE IS TO PUT A SMALL DROP OF OIL ON A PLATE, AND DIP A TOOTHPICK INTO THE OIL. THEN LIGHTLY TOUCH THE AREAS TO BE OILED WITH THE TOOTHPICK.

THE FOLLOWING CAUTIONS SHOULD BE OBSERVED WHEN LUBRICATING YOUR LOCOMOTIVE:

A) USE ONLY PLASTIC COMPATIBLE OIL

B) DO NOT USE OIL ON OR NEAR THE MOTOR BRUSHES.

C) USE GEAR GREASE ON THE GEARS AND NOT OIL.

D) DO NOT GET OIL OR GREASE ON THE WHEELS OF THE LOCOMOTIVE !

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model train manufacturers

Atlas Model Railroad Company Model Trains
Bachmann Trains Online N, HO, O and G scale model trains
Life-Like Products, Inc
Home of Lionel Trains
This is just a few Im sure there are more

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Start Your Own Model Train Club

First, you have to get together a group of people who are really interested in the project of forming a model railroad club, and who are willing to donate some time – at least 2-3 hours once a week. They don’t all have to be master model railroaders but at least one person needs to know the basics, and hopefully the rest should be willing and somewhat excited about learning some new skills. You’ll have to talk to friends, neighbors, parents of your kids’ friends, PTA members, church-goers, friends at work – basically anyone who will listen. You should start with a core group of at least 4 people, if possible, to get started.

You need at least one person in your model railroad club who knows how to do some basic carpentry and one person who can solder and who knows about wiring and electrical work. Scenery is not as critical as the track work, bench work and wiring – at least not at first.

The people in the club have to be able to get along with each other. Every member needs to have the same goal and be willing and able to work together. Everyone should be willing to learn from each other, and no one should be chastised for making mistakes – it’s part of the learning and building process.

It’s also helpful to establish certain officers to help organize the work. There may be certain members of the club who are interested in different facets of the hobby. These could be called foremen who head up different departments such as scenery, track, bridges, electrical work, signals, benchwork, etc.

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