3 Easy Track Maintenance Tips for Smooth Operation

One of the best things about model railroading is increasing the quality of the products available. New or modern trains, locomotives, and tracks are likely to give you many years of pleasure usage, with no maintenance needed. 

To make sure that your locomotives last for a long time in your collection, a little maintenance will be required. By ensuring you're following some simple but vital routines, you'll enjoy an efficient layout that will last for a long time to be. 

You can also find experienced railroad contractors near you via TRAC. Here are some simple maintenance tips to ensure that your model trains run without a hitch.

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Wheels Cleaning

Though the wheels of locomotives can be cleaned to a certain extent due to the friction caused when they roll over rails, they'll eventually require manual cleaned when grease, dirt, and oil residue begin to accumulate. If you notice that your train is cutting out or stuttering on fairly clean tracks it is among the most likely reasons.

Lubrication and Oiling

Lubricating and oiling the engine of your locomotive as well as other moving parts is advised for long-term smooth operation.

Apply oil to the ends of the motor's armature, axles, and side rod screws, if you're running steam engines. It's only just a bit of oil on the axles! Make sure you're using an oil that is compatible with plastics since other oils could cause corrosion to the mechanism and the surfaces in time. It is also recommended to apply grease to all exposed gears.

Gauge Checking

Yes, models can go out of the gauge. A derailment that is caused by an alignment issue could quickly be costly if it occurs in the wrong location in your model layout!

In your routine maintenance check, you may utilize a caliper for checking the gauge of your wheels and alignment.