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w neal

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Re: Wisconsin Central - Heritage Division
« Reply #765 on: December 05, 2020, 03:26:21 PM »
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Very cool. I gather its been a pellet store for a few years. I am modeling it as a wood pellet store as well. I think it was a pellet store in the late 90s or early 2000s when I saw it last; pallets of bagged chips trackside and a semi trailer outside that advertised their business.
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Re: Wisconsin Central - Heritage Division
« Reply #766 on: December 05, 2020, 04:05:06 PM »
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In between college football today, I took some time to take on adding No - Ox to the rails. I figured I'd try it in and around Waupaca, then attempt some switching at the industries there to see how it helps. Have not treated any locomotive wheels yet. I figure that will come later, as the fleet is rather large. I might do so for a couple locos after, just to observe the difference.




First, I cleaned the rails with a mildly abrasive track eraser. The one pictured is Life Like's version. Its about the consistency of a pecil eraser, and for all I know it may be. Then I applied some isopropyl to the rails with an old (clean!)  sock. As you can see, it doesn't take much more than a foot of rail or so to get a spot dirty. I would then move my finger to a different, cleaner part of the sock and continue. Then, a vacuuming of the rails is a good idea to remove dust, track eraser crumblings, and sock fibers.




Per directions, I then applied it to the railtops using small smudges like the above.







(Finger not to scale, Tee Hee)

When I could no longer feel like the stuff was between my finger and the railtops and that it had disappeared from the end of my finger, I would get another small dab and continue. I've got the feeling that I still over applied it using this method. I could also feel how it can make the rails slippery too. I'm going to let the stuff sit on the rails a few hours, then wipe it off with another clean sock. I'll report later on my results...
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Re: Wisconsin Central - Heritage Division
« Reply #767 on: December 05, 2020, 04:58:50 PM »
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I have applied No-Ox to my layout using a cloth wrapped around the end of a piece of timber.
My layout is in a room within my garage and I struggled with dirty track for some time and was using a Peco track block.
As I'm in Melbourne Australia I don't see the temperature fluctuations or humidity that you guys see and my room is fairly well temperature controlled just by it being within a sub room within the garage (no heaters or AC)
I last applied the No-Ox about 3 or 4 months ago. I have not cleaned the track or loco wheels since then. I just turn the layout on and run it.
I did not apply any to the loco wheels.
I have not seen any pulling performance issues since using the No-Ox.
I highly recommend it.
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Re: Wisconsin Central - Heritage Division
« Reply #768 on: December 05, 2020, 06:01:42 PM »
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Good on ya mate! Thanks for the endorsement and confirmation. Hope the summer is good to you.

Please give my regards to the next A7 you see, albiet in a museum or such.
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Re: Wisconsin Central - Heritage Division
« Reply #769 on: January 18, 2021, 03:12:34 PM »
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At first, my results with No Ox were No Good. There were some spots where my locomotives were still stalling. I re-cleaned those spots and re-applied the No Ox. Same results. Phooey! Upon closer examination however (closer as in, get out the old man magnifiers), there were very tiny streaks of rail brown paint still on the railtops in those locations. Yet another cleaning and reapplication of the No Ox finally yielded a good result. So, as has been mentioned on this forum before, make sure the rails are 100% clean before appliying the stuff. Lesson learned.

Now my only trouble spots are where frogs are not powered. Good thing I am well skilled at soldering in "zero G" under the upper level.
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