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has anybody got any ideas on how to clean second hand track, also would it be ockay to spray the track with some electrical cleaning solvent, we are talking steel track here.
 

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QUOTE (oilcan @ 31 Mar 2008, 19:14) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>has anybody got any ideas on how to clean second hand track, also would it be ockay to spray the track with some electrical cleaning solvent, we are talking steel track here.


Hi.
You can use a track cleaning rubber made by Gaugemaster or Peco. You can also use electrical contact cleaner.
Do not use sandpaper or any abrasive cleaner as this makes tiny scratches in the rail & this leads to further dirt collection.
Regards.
Tony Daly.
 

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To be honest, if the track is already pitted with rust it will do no further harm to lightly use a very fine (1200 grit or finer) wet "n" dry & then use a decent track cleaning block such as the Roco or Fleischmann one. (I think Express models do a similar one too) to buff up the surface.

The Peco one tends to leave a rubbery residue behind it.
 

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got a couple of pictures of some cleaned up super 4 track with the scotsman , mallard, and a jinty, on the line, just got a bit impatient , but it back fired if anybody would like to see these, could you tell me how to put pictures on the forum. thanks
 

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To have a picture appear in your post, the picture must already be available on the Internet. The most common way for members to get their pictures onto the Internet is by using one of the free online picture hosting services such as PhotoBucket. When you have your picture displayed online at one of these sites, you have to capture the "static URL" for the picture. This is the unique address which is used by our browsers to go and fetch your picture when we are reading your post.

The way I capture static URLs is to display the picture at the hosting site. Then I copy the contents from the address bar of my browser by highlighting it with my mouse and then pressing the right mouse button and selecting the "copy" option from the menu. This puts the URL into my "paste buffer".

I can now start to compose my message reply using the Add Reply button. In full edit mode there is a set of five icons to the right of the smiley face which provide short cuts for doing "magic web stuff" in your post. The second one of these is for posting images. Click this icon and it will pop up an edit box which is looking for the URL you captured earlier. You can use Mouse right click and "Paste" to copy the captured URL from the paste buffer to your post. Using the short cut adds the "magic" tags to the start and end of the URL so that you don't have to.

I hope this helps.

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Thankyou dwb for your information, i'am not over sure if this will work or not but here goes, i've cleaned some super4 track then i got impatient i had to se3e if the track would work, course you know what its like boys with there toys , guess thats ok at 50 eh, so out come the scotsman ,mallard and jinty, and if it works heres a couple of pics, please let me know if it works,
Http=//s288photobucket 001,jpg and 003,jpg
once again thankyou dwb, by the way its not just the railway models i'am learning its also the laptop as well, mind you bet you've already guessed that,
 

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QUOTE please let me know if it works,
Http=//s288photobucket 001,jpg and 003,jpg

I regret to say that this isn't going to work for at least three reasons:-

1) Each photo needs to be listed separately. Putting in the "and" doesn't cut any ice with our browsers

2) Each address needs to be enclosed inside [ img ]<photo address goes here> [ /img ] markers. This tells our browsers where to find the image. (I've added spaces to stop this post actually recognising them as tags !
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3) There isn't enough information in the address to allow the browser to go and find it on the Internet - that's the whole Internet mind you, not just a few machines hooked up to Model Rail Forum. Given that there are millions of machines connected to the net and each machine may contain several "s288photobucket.001.jpg" photos, you can guess that a bit more information is needed - not that you will be able to make sense of it.

Problem one can be fixed easily enough. Just remember to pick the images up one at a time.

Problem two can be fixed by entering the tags by hand. The format is simple enough. The tag is identified by the opening and closing square brackets. What the tag is supposed to do is identified by the "img" text. The / in the second tag indicates this is the end of the data in the tag.

Problem three is a bit more difficult to explain. It's one of those "You'll recognise it when you see it, but I can't explain it" things.

For example, as I type this post the address bar at the top of my browser contains the following text:-

"http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index.php?act=post&do=reply_post&f=8&t=5043"

This gives me a unique address on the Internet for the post edit box. The www.modelrailforum.com tells me I am on the host PC for this Forum. The next bit of the address tells me I am in the forums section. The rest is pretty much gobble-de-**** for mere humans but we can sort of deduce that it has something to do with posting and adding a reply.

The important point is that there is enough information in this address to allow any browser to pick up the data it needs to display the edit box I am typing into at the moment. To post an image, you just need to "capture" the same information for the image you want to display.

When you have digested that lot, try again and if it doesn't work, ask again.

David
 

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QUOTE (dwb @ 16 Apr 2008, 22:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I regret to say that this isn't going to work for at least three reasons:-

1) Each photo needs to be listed separately. Putting in the "and" doesn't cut any ice with our browsers

2) Each address needs to be enclosed inside [ img ]<photo address goes here> [ /img ] markers. This tells our browsers where to find the image. (I've added spaces to stop this post actually recognising them as tags !
)

3) There isn't enough information in the address to allow the browser to go and find it on the Internet - that's the whole Internet mind you, not just a few machines hooked up to Model Rail Forum. Given that there are millions of machines connected to the net and each machine may contain several "s288photobucket.001.jpg" photos, you can guess that a bit more information is needed - not that you will be able to make sense of it.

Problem one can be fixed easily enough. Just remember to pick the images up one at a time.

Problem two can be fixed by entering the tags by hand. The format is simple enough. The tag is identified by the opening and closing square brackets. What the tag is supposed to do is identified by the "img" text. The / in the second tag indicates this is the end of the data in the tag.

Problem three is a bit more difficult to explain. It's one of those "You'll recognise it when you see it, but I can't explain it" things.

For example, as I type this post the address bar at the top of my browser contains the following text:-

"http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index.php?act=post&do=reply_post&f=8&t=5043"

This gives me a unique address on the Internet for the post edit box. The www.modelrailforum.com tells me I am on the host PC for this Forum. The next bit of the address tells me I am in the forums section. The rest is pretty much gobble-de-**** for mere humans but we can sort of deduce that it has something to do with posting and adding a reply.

The important point is that there is enough information in this address to allow any browser to pick up the data it needs to display the edit box I am typing into at the moment. To post an image, you just need to "capture" the same information for the image you want to display.

When you have digested that lot, try again and if it doesn't work, ask again.

David
Well here we are again, try try try till it works then what throw it eh,
so heres me pictures
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/11165/trooperduty/001.jpg[IMG]
[IMG]http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/11165/trooperduty/003.jpg[IMG]
hope this works dwb , and once again thankyou.. [IMG]http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wacko.gif
 

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You are so close! And there was enough information in the address for me to be able to track down the photos you want to share with us. I could have edited the post so that it worked but I thought that it would be better if I explained what you should do so that you get the chance to try it yourself.

I don't use Photobucket, so until I found your album on their website, I didn't know that they had little boxes you could click with your mouse that automatically put the data you need for a post here into the paste buffer. There is no need to do all that right mouse click copy stuff I was telling you about.

So here's how to complete the job:-

Go to your album. Underneath you will see four rows of "Internet" type text. There are four categories, for four different requirements. For posting an image in a post on this Forum, you need the bottom row which is labeled "IMG Code". All you have to do is click the "IMG code" text with the left mouse button. The cursor changes to a Hand shape when you are in the right place. If you were successful, you will see a message "Copied" appear briefly on the screen. The code you need is now in the past buffer.

Now all you have to do is paste the contents of the paste buffer into your post.

I will that as an exerciser for the reader.


A final note. I think your images may be wider than the preferred maximum width for this Forum of 640 pixels. If you could reduce them in size it would be a great help.

Best of luck


David
 

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QUOTE (dwb @ 17 Apr 2008, 21:51) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>You are so close! And there was enough information in the address for me to be able to track down the photos you want to share with us. I could have edited the post so that it worked but I thought that it would be better if I explained what you should do so that you get the chance to try it yourself.

I don't use Photobucket, so until I found your album on their website, I didn't know that they had little boxes you could click with your mouse that automatically put the data you need for a post here into the paste buffer. There is no need to do all that right mouse click copy stuff I was telling you about.

So here's how to complete the job:-

Go to your album. Underneath you will see four rows of "Internet" type text. There are four categories, for four different requirements. For posting an image in a post on this Forum, you need the bottom row which is labeled "IMG Code". All you have to do is click the "IMG code" text with the left mouse button. The cursor changes to a Hand shape when you are in the right place. If you were successful, you will see a message "Copied" appear briefly on the screen. The code you need is now in the past buffer.

Now all you have to do is paste the contents of the paste buffer into your post.

I will that as an exerciser for the reader.


A final note. I think your images may be wider than the preferred maximum width for this Forum of 640 pixels. If you could reduce them in size it would be a great help.

Best of luck


David


well dwb here i'am again do you know i think i might of grasped it thanks to you, here goes,
 

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Good, solid, sturdy track. I had loads of it once and it did the job.

David
 
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