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Oiling and Cleaning HO Steam and Diesel Locomotives

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Oiling and Cleaning HO Steam and Diesel Locomotives
Posted by blazec on Friday, July 26, 2013 5:29 PM

I am new and just joined the forum. 

Can anyone please help me find a book, article or video on how to properly oil, grease and clean HO steam and diesel locomotive.  And advise what is the best oil and grease to use.

Thank you.

Blazec

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Posted by peahrens on Friday, July 26, 2013 8:31 PM

The attached thread is related to lubricants:

http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/88/t/217500.aspx

 

Paul

Modeling HO with a transition era UP bent

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Posted by dstarr on Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:04 PM

blazec

I am new and just joined the forum. 

Can anyone please help me find a book, article or video on how to properly oil, grease and clean HO steam and diesel locomotive.  And advise what is the best oil and grease to use.

Thank you.

Blazec

Most important thing, go easy on the lube.  To much lube gets flung off of moving parts and gets on the rails, the wheels, the shell, and makes a mess that has to be cleaned up sooner or later.   I use oil on bearings, (wheel bearings and motor bearings).   Metal gears get grease.  Plastic gears don't really need anything but I often give them just a wisp of oil.   The rods and valve gear of steamers get a tiny drop of oil on each moving joint. 

  Never oil the motor commutator.

   I use 3 in 1 oil and white lithium grease from the auto parts store.

I don't clean locomotives, unless I am doing a heavy duty overhaul, where I take the locomotive all to pieces.  I only get into that sort of thing for locomotives that are not working right.  i wouldn't call it cleaning, it's maintenance, fixing something. 

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Posted by blazec on Saturday, August 03, 2013 11:00 PM

Thank you Paul for the Link.  Appreciate it.

Biagio

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Posted by blazec on Saturday, August 03, 2013 11:02 PM

Thank you David.  Appreciate your input.

Blazec

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