@Strap Hanger posted:
I would equally caution you not to always heed “anecdotal” info in lieu of what a manufacturer recommends for their engines. I guess that’s why anecdotal evidence is defined as “of an account not necessarily true or reliable because it is based on personal accounts rather than science or research”. Just because the few clubs you’ve surveyed or heard from don't use it doesn’t negate or render unreliable a manufacturers recommendation for their engines by a long shot, particularly when so many hobbyists have used it in accordance with that manufacturers recommendation with great success on their hard run engines, IMHO.
Also just curious, do you have any factual basis to support your statement that “The lubricity of Tacky may be inadequate for the plastics or even damage them” or is this just your hypothesis? I think if you posted a link to any support for this claim, it would be very helpful to those on this forum, particularly if you’re advocating that they disregard it’s recommended use by one of the major train manufacturers.
You’re running with a ball that wasn’t even thrown,….nowhere in any owners manual did the referenced mfr. you speak of say to use that particular grease in their gear boxes. You’re taking the words of one tech from the service dept. and making it gospel,…..and that’s fine for you, as mentioned, do as you see fit with your trains,…..but I hardly consider what was said in that post as absolute,……what @swrr is saying and really rings true is we’d rather much have in field reports of what’s working and what’s not,……again, they’re your trains you can use ground coffee in your gearboxes if that floats your boat……but don’t cram down our throats what one service tech said at one mfr. because y’all consider it gospel,…..I’ll remind you that another major manufacturer had a really bad issue with grease turning to concrete, and it wasn’t necessarily time that did it,….as a young service tech for my father, we saw grease issues within a year’s time of production,…..you certainly wouldn’t have used the grease they recommended at that time,…..do understand, in no way am I trying to sway you,…….you use what you like, and what works for you,……