Found these in my Youtube playlist while browsing.  WIsh he would have emphasized not using steel wool to clean track.  Been getting a lot of those in lately.  Hopefully we'll see more of these.

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Great find, Marty.

Steel wool, yikes!   You couldn't find anything worse between rubbing off the rail plating and leaving metal shards to be picked up by the wheels or damage the traction tires.

Hello, on the first Service Snack the characters after the dash looked like number zero (0) to me and not the letter O as Dean identified them. Unfortunately, this confusion is very common, such as, are we using O gauge or 0 gauge trains?

If you trace the scales/gauges back to the beginning when Marklin set them up, it is Zero gauge as it was all numbers then, 0, 1, 2, 3 ect.   Then 00 which was roughly half of 0 originally.  Then it digressed to what we have today in the smaller scales that are letters instead of numbers.   Its been well over 100 years now since Marklin set up the original scales/gauges.     Mike

Danr posted:

Great find, Marty.

Steel wool, yikes!   You couldn't find anything worse between rubbing off the rail plating and leaving metal shards to be picked up by the wheels or damage the traction tires.

I think if you watch again, you'll find that Dean did not say to use steel wool. He said you could use a non-metallic pad like a Scotch-Brite non-metallic pad. Dean has been around trains for a while...

Keith L posted:
Danr posted:

Great find, Marty.

Steel wool, yikes!   You couldn't find anything worse between rubbing off the rail plating and leaving metal shards to be picked up by the wheels or damage the traction tires.

I think if you watch again, you'll find that Dean did not say to use steel wool. He said you could use a non-metallic pad like a Scotch-Brite non-metallic pad. Dean has been around trains for a while...

Dean did not.  I was responding to Marty.

Keith L posted:
Danr posted:

Great find, Marty.

Steel wool, yikes!   You couldn't find anything worse between rubbing off the rail plating and leaving metal shards to be picked up by the wheels or damage the traction tires.

I think if you watch again, you'll find that Dean did not say to use steel wool. He said you could use a non-metallic pad like a Scotch-Brite non-metallic pad. Dean has been around trains for a while...

Nobody said he said to use steel wool.  What was said is I wish he emphasized NOT to use steel wool.  I then added that I have seen a lot of repairs come in this year because of steel wool.

Art Howes posted:

Hello, on the first Service Snack the characters after the dash looked like number zero (0) to me and not the letter O as Dean identified them. Unfortunately, this confusion is very common, such as, are we using O gauge or 0 gauge trains?

English-speakers often - not always - tend to pronounce both the number "0" and the letter "O" as "oh"; can't speak for other languages. So, naturally, "zero" scale/gauge became "oh" scale/gauge as a speech habit. 

"H0" scale/gauge indicates "half 0" gauge. This refers to the gauge, not the scale (that 0/H0 relationship is another story, especially in N. America).

I notice that articles from the TCA will often print "HO" as "H0", which is actually correct - it's "half zero" gauge, properly, not "half oh". And we do "zero scale", not "oh scale", but try to change that....

Danr posted:

Great find, Marty.

Steel wool, yikes!   You couldn't find anything worse between rubbing off the rail plating and leaving metal shards to be picked up by the wheels or damage the traction tires.

Or blowing MTH boards!  When the strong magnet finds those metal shards, it sucks them right up!  Just put a new speaker and a new board in a customer's locomotive for that very reason.  When you find this and the board has taken a dump, you know why!

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Keith L posted:

What is Dean's current role? (Aaron Fraser is now Director of Customer Service.)

As of early in November, Aaron was Customer Service Manager and Dean was Director of Customer Service.  Did that change in the last month?

gunrunnerjohn posted:
Keith L posted:

What is Dean's current role? (Aaron Fraser is now Director of Customer Service.)

As of early in November, Aaron was Customer Service Manager and Dean was Director of Customer Service.  Did that change in the last month?

Thanks for clarifying...

I always liked when Mike did these videos.  While to many of us these are basic to beginners they certainly can be a very good source of information.  I do hope Dean and Lionel will continue these.  Maybe having some advanced snacks for us advanced users.  I alway enjoys some tricks that they find when doing service to ease in trouble shooting or repairs.

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