Kind of a nifty track cleaning car.  Got this yesterday.

I think I will install some springs between the bottom of the car and the plate that holds the cleaning pads to give a little extra pressure.

It would have been nice to have a screw on top to the tank and two hoses feeding the pads with fluid.

Also I am thinking about a control flow valve in the hose line.

I have a few other ideas in mind.

 

 

 

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Anyone seen one of these before ?

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Our club has two of those and we use them regularly in conjunction with other track cleaning cars. They were purchased at least 15- 20 years ago so I have no idea who made them.

 

They work well. The only issue I find is that changing the cleaning pads is a bit awkward, kind of like you need three hands to do it. But that could just be my clumsy fingers.

Thanks John.  I was thought it was a prototype unit that had been sitting in Joshua Cowen's desk.  Probably rejected for production in favor of the 3927. 
Does your club ever use scothbrite pads instead of the felt pads?
Originally Posted by aussteve:
Thanks John.  I was thought it was a prototype unit that had been sitting in Joshua Cowen's desk.  Probably rejected for production in favor of the 3927. 
Does your club ever use scothbrite pads instead of the felt pads?

Yes, I believe one has felt and the other scotchbrite.

That is a standard model Northeast Trains track Cleaning car. Still in production AFIK. They also make fancier ones with more do-dads attached, but they all clean about the same. I agree: It does take almost 3 hands to change a pad!

 

Chris

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I have one of those too. I have had mine for maybe twenty years or more. They were made by Northeast trains in New England. I never used it yet so I do not know how good it cleans tracks. I  have not cleaned track on my present layout yet. Going on 11 plus years but as long as everything runs I let it slide..................Paul

lehighline; I have this car it's ok. I used velcro to hold the pads on and put a couple of extra springs for a little more pressure. Too much pressure lifts the car.

Definitely a Northeast Trains cleaning car. On the one with the tool box that part was cast out of solid lead to add some weight to the car. When I lived in Beverly Ma years ago I used to paint the toolboxes for Don. When I was in his shop about a month ago I saw that he still had these. I wish he would make a standard gauge one.

I've had one for a long time, but it's a work caboose model. Photo of the box as well (the "Track Cleaning Car" lettering is mine). Glad to have subway vic's information on the springs and velcro -- have to try those. 

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