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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