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Old 5th January 2009, 21:24
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Dapol's new track cleaner

I saw a demo of Dapols new track cleaner today. It was used on a demo track in a local shop. All I can say is WOW. The track had been used to test new and repaired models and was still what I would call OK. The cleaner was put onto the track with with some cleaning fluid. A new cleaning pad was fitted. It went around a track on a 3' x 6' board twice. The First trip around, we could already see the difference. As it went past me a second time , the track looked as if it had been polished. The Vacum was fitted and it was sent around again. The top was removed and the dirt that had collected in the on board bin was amazing. I will have one even if they are 60 and a bit more for the DCC fitted one,


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Old 5th January 2009, 23:33
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Already had good reviews. Seems like it is going to be a must for DCC opperated layouts. There is no point on spending hundreds of pounds on the electronics if the whole lot fails to work because of dirty track.

Looking at it like that 60 plus decoder doesn't seem too steep!

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Old 6th January 2009, 19:38
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I take it this is the beastie you are talking about,

Does look interesting, I read a review in Model Rail in the past couple of months.

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Old 6th January 2009, 20:11
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It sounds really good but what sort of clearances does it need? If it's wider than a Jouef class 40 it's no good to me!
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Old 6th January 2009, 20:27
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Yes and no LesG. The Tomix is from Japan and is made for 'N' gauge. The Dapol is made in Europe for '00' and has been improved. It is about the size of a parcels van and will run around 1st radius curves. It is also DCC ready which the 'N' gauge one isn't.
I did not get all the exact details of size etc MeurglysIII, so the above is just my estimate for what I saw. I did not have a lot of time as I had to get back to work.
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Old 6th January 2009, 22:01
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In the demonstration it seems odd that the wet track cleaning/polishing was done before the vacuuming. Wouldn't it be more efficient to get rid of the dust first?
On my N-Gauge layout I find that dust is the biggest problem so generally I only need to use my LUX vacuum cleaning car. For the occasional wet clean I use an American Centreline track cleaning car but I was thinking of getting one of the Tomix cars because they get a really good write-up.
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Old 6th January 2009, 22:14
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John, They may well have run the vacuum before I arrived as I was not there for the whole time. Most of what I saw in the box could have been the dirt that had been left after the polish. The vacuum also picked up some loose scatter and ballast. I was only there over my lunch hour with a 15 min drive each way. So I only had just under half an hour to have a quick look.
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Its a bit late but whats wrong with hornby's track rubber which is cheap and works well?
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