Progress has been slow on the railroad. I have spent a lot of time just tinkering with the locomotives. I became frustrated the other night as it seemed that all my locomotives (even good running ones) were having performance issues. I would clean them with the Minitrix wheel cleaner, clean the track, but still ran horribly.
I then remembered the video I saw on my friend Ben Earp's site. He provided a tip on using alcohol wipes to clean the locomotive wheels. I had use cotton swabs and alcohol over 15 years ago, but completely forgot about trying that. You have to remember, I haven't been back in the hobby, but for a few years. All of my locomotives ran well with the light cleaning from the Minitrix cleaner, but now they required a more deep cleaning. I picked up some alcohol wipes Friday while running errands. I tried it that afternoon. It was quick and easy. The results.... phenomenal. I tried it on a few more locomotives and cleaning the track in a small area. I was amazed by how much dirt came off on the pads. Excellent tip Ben! Here's a link to his video so you can check it out.
Thanks again Ben for providing quality videos!
This evening, I installed Micro Trains couplers on five more locomotives. I thought I got them all the other day, but I was wrong. My bad!