Ccleaning Dcc engine wheels : LUSENET : Wiring for DCC : One Thread

Need to clean DCC engine wheels and I want to know the best way.

-- Nicholas Mermigas (, January 21, 2001


Apply clip leads to supply track power to the loco. Open the shell if necessary. Place a thin cloth or strong paper towel substitute over a section of test track. Anchor it to stay in place. Apply Goo- Gone to the cloth at the railheads. Set the loco on the track. Power up w/ DC or DCC and call for 50% speed. When the loco wheels run over the Goo-Gone section, hold it back with your hand & let the wheels spin. It only takes 30 seconds or so. Move the cloth over for a clean spot for the next loco. An ideal second life for those old handkerchiefs!


-- Don Vollrath (, February 13, 2001.

We used to use Goo Gone, but we found that it left residue on the wheels that would get "tracked" onto the rails.

Use alcohol seems to work just as well (if not, better!) than Goo Gone and doesn't leave any residue after it evaporates.

-- Michael Roque (, December 17, 2004.

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