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Wheel Brush & Scraper

PL-40
Peco

Wheel Brush & Scraper

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£ 9.40

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Wheel Brush & Scraper

There are 2 factors that help your locomotives to run reliably, clean track and clean wheels.

The locomotive wheels are fitted with pick ups and the power goes from the track into the wheels and then via the pickups to the locomotive’s motor, or, in the case of DCC setups, the locomotive’s decoder. If there is dirt on the track, the wheels or the pickups, then your locomotive will not run reliably. This is where this wheel brush and scraper come in.

The brush is about the size and shape of a small pencil rubber, but it has a small wire brush along one of the longer edges, and at the other end it has a wire to connect to one track connection of your model railway power controller.

The wheel scraper is about the size and shape of a small pen. It has a small metal scraper in place of a nib, and at the other end it has a wire to connect to one track connection of your model railway power controller.

Therefore, to clean the locomotive wheels, connect the scraper to one track connection and the brush to the other track connection on your power controller. For convenience, you could use crocodile clips on the wires so that you can connect easily to each side of your track and obtain power from there.

You will also need something to hold the locomotive securely in an up-turned position so that the wheels are uppermost, A Peco PL-70 Loco Servicing Cradle is ideal.

Once the connections to the power are made , set the speed to a medium value and place the brush and scraper on the locomotive wheels that you want to clean, one on each side of the locomotive.

The wheels will start to turn and the brush and scraper will remove the dirt from the wheels. By holding the brush across the wheel flange, it will also remove dirt from the rear surface of the wheel where the pick up makes contact.  

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