How Dave cleans his track

Got this in from Dave which I thought was excellent:

“Hello again Alastair,

One of my favorite tips is to set the rolling incline to all of the car storage tracks. If the tracks slightly incline to the end of track blocker there is little likelihood that the cars will run out away and onto the mainline. Now working in foam insulation means that a minor wedge of foam must be removed for this to be attained but previously when I did this on a wooden table it was just a matter of cutting the plywood along the length of the parking track and securing the block area of this track a little bit lower than the rail for the main line.

Thanks for a great page to share tips and advice,


“Hi Al , think you may have shown this cleaner before, but I have been asked a few times lately how I clean my track so I have just made this video showing the CMX cleaner I use.



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14 Responses to How Dave cleans his track

  1. Tom says:

    Thanks for the tips on the track cleaning car and track cleaner solution.
    These tips really come in handy.



  2. paul Otway says:

    I use a hornby track cleaning car, it works well. You need an 0-6-0 or bigger to propel it.

  3. Albert Weir says:

    Hi Dave
    Gee you certainly get around . thats a great track cleaning car you have can you give me an idea how much it costs .
    your doin well mate keep the tips commin

  4. deon barden says:

    thanks for the tips Dave some have been quite handy others quite entertaining I am just wondering do you have the exact make and model for your track cleaning wagon so I might source one in Australia thanks

  5. The track cleaner is a CMX Track Cleaner they are made in HO, 0,and N gauge and the HO is around £95 UK Pounds

  6. THOMAS says:


  7. Perry says:

    In the USA you can find them at Tony train exchange. They cost $278.

  8. Terry Miller says:

    Looks great and a good idea–although a bit spendy for me. I’m also wondering that in video like this if you can turn off the sounds of the running train. It’s a bit hard to understand you over all the noise.

    Thanks & keep up the good work


  9. Gary Manganiello says:

    Now that’s cool…………. Great tip.

  10. Rick Wright says:

    My Dad used to clean track on out 8’x12′ layout with Carbon Tetrachloride. Not sure you can buy that anymore
    But it really worked well!

  11. Gary Arman says:

    Love the info and pictures of the various layouts. They are indeed impressive. But what about guys like myself, older, retired, and just getting started in model railroading? Space is limited, 4 X 8 max at this time, but it’s a good start.

    I really do enjoy seeing and reading what the “Masters” are doing, but as I said before, I need the basics and I’m betting there are others like me out there!

    Keep up the good work, but could you slip some now and then?


  12. Brad Squires says:

    My module group uses the roller type.. Three.. rubbing alcohol on first roller.. in FRONT of the engine.. cleans the wheels on the pusher nicely.. the last two dry.. picks up the remainder and leaves CLEAN TRACK!! have one of the cleaners shown.. Works Well TOO!!

  13. Will in NM says:

    Thanks Dave, I never would have thought of Goo Gone to clean my track. I just bought a bunch of used Atlas True-Track on eBay that is the dirtiest track I think I’ve ever seen. So far my liquid track cleaner hardly fazes it, but the Bright Boy (what you call the “rubber”) works pretty well. I have the Bachmann track cleaning car but doubt it would work on this track until I get it clean enough for the loco to get power to pul/push the track cleaner car.

    Also, the HO scale CMX track cleaner is available on Amazon for $169.95 and on eBay for $164.95 with free shipping. Also, its only $159.95 + $9.95 shipping at Tony’s Train Exchange. The higher price quoted earlier must have been for the O scale version. They also make a G scale version for $299.95 at Tony’s.

  14. Danofive0 says:

    WOW! Very cool.

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