Hello friends.  With lockdown still in-effect, I'm looking at cleaning up and giving some TLC to my collection in anticipation of getting my future layout up and running.  Most of my collection is postwar lionel but with a fair number of newer models.  I'm looking to see if anyone has made a homemade setup to clean and repair models.  Most of my collection only needs a good cleaning, but there are a number that will require disassembly for cleaning and others needing small repair.

 

Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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imageHi Hoopster,

Is this what you’re asking about?  I built it out is parts I found around the house.  The “secret” was the two brass bases that were left over from some outdoor pond lights.  It’s adjustable and is 12” long. My largest engine just fits.  I lay a shop cloth over the foam when I’m using it.  I also need to find some thinner foam.

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John

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Hi John, That is the kind of thing I was looking for but didn't sure what would work.  I'm sure I have some scrap foam and wood laying around to build something similar.

How well does it work for cleaning and general maintenance?

Hi Hoopster,

It works well for maintenance and cleaning.  As I mentioned, the foam I used is a little too thick. Once I replace it I’m sure it will be even better.  I haven’t really needed the ability to rotate the cradle.  However, it may come in handy some day  

If you Google “Build a universal maintenance cradle” the first hit is a CTT article about this topic.  Check it out. 

John

Thanks Oscar. Different topic but I also made this test track with some O Gauge track. 

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Hi John, thank you for the suggestion! I remember seeing that article a while ago but in my google searching, I couldn't come across it again.  I think I have some spare wood lying around and may make that my project over the next few days.

That's cleaver!  Too bad I already have a static cradle to do maintenance, but you have given me ideas to make it have an adjustable angles in the future.

Thanks Paul,

 I would suggest using rubber washers between the support columns and the cradle. I currently have a metal washer in there and I find that I have to crank down on the knobs to keep the cradle from slipping. 

John

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